At Marfreley’s Bar in Houston, Texas
In a dim lit mural behind the bar,
two swans amble in front of a plantation:
its white house lies against the river, lonely
for the cover of more trees that the artist
left out, as the rushing river
empties into the dark dandelion breeze
of rewritten histories. And I had wanted to see
a single woman out, tonight, sitting
alone, like me at the bar, looking
at their life, the plantation, the swans swallowing
small sips of whatever they find in front
of themselves, any parts of a life that might
make sense, tell me I have done the right things.
After a 27 year career as a software engineer, Kurt Lovelace returned to school in 2010 and is currently a junior in the Honors College of the University of Houston majoring in mathematics and classics. He lives with his wife and daughter in Houston, Texas.