Café Salem

Sitting here where we first met
Sipping tea in your domain
Sipping smiles without regret
Daydreams of you keep me sane.
Cafe Salem
Eager I came to your home
Bearing roses in my hand
As the winter sunset shone

Across the crisp and frigid land.

Your doorman sought to dissuade

 Our love and turn me away
But I would not be delayed.
In and up to where you laid.

The more naked I became,
The more your face glowed brighter.
So I exposed, without shame,
The bruised heart of this writer.


Could you hear my lone heart moan,
Laying roses on your bed?

I could not take the long walk home

 I will wait right here instead.

Somewhere in the solstice moon
The black wolf peers through green eyes.
This white and windowless room

 Resonates the howling cries.

We’re partners in this venture.
This prison cant contain us.
You’re my urban adventure.

I am your forest fortress.

Sitting here where we first met
Sipping tea in your domain
Sipping smiles without regret
Daydreams of you keep me sane.



-Jonathan Nathaniel Hayes

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