Montrose Hotel, Lonergans Bar
Sipping Champagne, cloudy Baileys beckoning
The seductive aroma of a la carte menus
A whiff of perfume, a name called beautiful

Another time another place, maybe palm wine
Hyenas calling, wild cats responding
Goat pellets adorning the courtyard
Thatched roofs, mud walls, bubbling springs

A wife, a mother, a wall painting static
Echoes of a gondola ride on a canal faraway
Alonging, a tear, distant shadows forming…
Love fading like a kaleidoscope of ebony hues

Clap, bang, clang
Arude awakening, reality intrudes
Athread of yearning dangling from a rope
My wish a love swap, as new as my first love.