this is what romantic fools do

caught unaware

there at the end of the table

second string actress

high background

no speaking part

the shade style of hair

framing olive face

& I was gone

for a few seconds

thinking of you

this is what romantic fools do

& when I came back into the room

I’d missed details

part of the plot

a moment of humanity

details of colour

the second string actress

had left the stage

the table

was gone

I’d missed the denouement

once more