In Memphis On Business by Donal Mahoney

this belle like a feather

floats table to table

bearing menus and water,

 

stunning this Yankee

in Memphis on business

whose host swears the South

 

has many more like her.

Up North, the Yank says,

young ladies like her bump tables,

 

slop coffee in saucers.

No wonder this Yankee

in Memphis on business

 

smiles when again

this belle like a feather

floats table to table

 

bearing menus and water

as if she were certain

the earth isn’t there

 

and the sky and the air

are highway enough for a belle

bearing menus and water.

 

Donal Mahoney © 2011