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'A Cold Breakfast' by Dee Artea




"Such is my thought, but such are not my words.”

Menses, Edna St Vincent Millay



A major one? he asks.

No, it’s minor, I say,

but still …


He chides me when I download on my phone

and play, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto #1 in B-flat Minor

for breakfast, no less ─


I guess that explains the Corn Flakes,

he says. Or is it

the other way ‘round?


Okay, not cool, I say

from across the quartz countertop

cool quartz, my belly pressed against it


Flat, cool flat, it oozes to me,

through me, slight shivers,

softly soothes, to lessen the pain


Oh look, I say, at those shards

of colored sunbeam-rays

reflected through the empty French press


Refracted, he says

having filled his last cuppa into his Mozart mug ─

badly stained & chipped, but still functionally cool, he says


This cool-head, who refuses to let me wash it ─

like a prized tee shirt,

a guy thing, I say


Just then brusquely, a sharp sting

pricking shards, oh, the quartz

cooling the belly, helps ─ cools the throbbing


This one seems worse than minor, he says,

I’ll never …. Ah, I pause: Edna,

a thought – no words


After breakfast, 33 minutes and 17 seconds later,

I hear the final allegro vivo cadence notes

refract, I say, across the cool quartz slab


Reflect, he says ─

while I reach across the counter

to put away two boxes of cereal


Maybe a heating pad would work better,

he says,

and it makes me think ─


tomorrow, okay

a warm breakfast, sure ─

with Mozart



All Rights. Dee Artea.



Dee Artea found a creative voice at the age of 77, two years ago, from which emerged a variety of short stories and poems – some of which have been published in online journals and magazines. For Dee, who lives in Winnipeg, Canada, the act of writing ever entails amusement and gratification – whether or not the works appear in print.







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