The odd friend-date next to me
The harried host
The strange character to my left;
also a single diner, but should I break the veil?
The barflies: of interest and the subtle dance of sex
The waitstaff: present and attentive but akin to background noise
Tourists and gawkers and
Restaurant Week visitors and
Midway through I make an offer, one
I would never consider when with a
Date or friends
To give up my table
To move to the bar after seeing a
Twosome turned away for lack of
Unreserved space — was I a bother?
The waitress, bless her heart
Offended at the thought
No, I was to stay
To continue my quiet evening.