The beautiful woman gone
leaving the shop to young men making
their way in the January world
with cell phones and computers ?
Outside, a sunny day.
too warm for the season.
A phone rings ? a barista calls out
"Tall vanilla soy latte."
Strange talk to one who grew up
with a nickel cup of joe.
There are fewer and fewer
native speakers of one’s born language.
You learn to live with translations.
Copyright by Nils Peterson.
Used with the author's permission.