- After My Sunday Double at the Café
I washed away all of my troubleswhile I lay in a tub of perfumy bubblesand in the background I playedthe quiet keys of Debussy
When the suds all poppedI toppedoff my workdaywith another splash of crisp Chardonnay
My hair now liquid curlsfloating around in the silken swirlsof leftover soap and stress from the daywas all but combed away
The water still steamedas I stepped out and grabbed the creamtowel that I also used yesterdayand jammed my cigarette into the ashtray
I walk across the hall to get in bedand when my headhits the pillow I sayto myself: I never took ranch to table 48. [End Page 7]
PEYTON CLARK is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg with a bachelor of science degree in secondary education focusing on English literature, with an additional content area of theatre arts. Remember Who You Are is her debut book of poetry. She specializes in dark yet humorous poetry and creative nonfiction, often featuring subjects ranging from waitressing and teaching to being a woman. She is also an artist for her freelance business, PMC Paintings, in Western Pennsylvania. She can often be found doodling in the margins of notebook paper when she should be writing new poetry, hiking in the mountains near her home, reading fiction and fantasy, or watching Family Guy and Beat Bobby Flay. She loves pie, as every right-minded human should. You can find her on her Facebook page; her Instagram page, @PMCPaintings; or her blog, pmcpaintingsandpoetry.weebly.com.