she is an old woman
still quite beautiful
she has known many of
the famous.

we are sitting in a cafe
and she tells me,
“Hemingway was an amazing
man, he’d sit about and
make these statements
one after another, these
astonishing statements…”

I like that.
but I have nothing to

well, I do
I tell her: “the red
sauce in the little bowl
is very hot so
don’t use it unless you
like that sort of

–such statements don’t
create legends
but for temporary mortals
they still have a
sturdy worthiness.

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