un poco cognac por favor

Spanish autoroute services 6.30am

the sun has just risen

over the browns sepias dark patches

painting the café walls pink golden

we stir from our sleep

travellers stopped for the night

huddled in blankets in our cars

go in & piss

wash hands to air dry

it is getting warm already

order a coffee con leche

& if our hearts need startin’

we ask for un poco cognac

miming with finger & thumb

maybe a 103 or a negrito

por favor

the bar counter for a full two yards

by almost a foot deep

is covered in layers of cake

doughnuts & pastries

protected only by a thin layer of plastic

by ten o clock all of this

will be gone

as will we

by some long hours