Paul Blackburn



                 Monday morning early
                 Sunday evening late

A tram goes by, outbound
taking the late drinkers
the restless moviegoers
or the blossoms of girls with their escorts

The conductor on the final run
standing there in his slippers
                 facing the track

The ladies sit at cafe tables in twos
An old man sits
                reading at a table alone

               the new day's news
letting his beer get warm
letting the sky be enough ,


Winter 1956-57
Malaga .

[September 1956/1960]