a break in the routine

the view from the hotel window is as impressive as advertised
we have had a fine time tromping down new (to us) streets
with their inviting shops and beckoning cafes
a pleasant boardwalk along the water

yet

it is Saturday and this is the day
we would take the breakfast jaunt to the diner
about a half a mile away as the crow flies

the first 500 yards consists of trail we have cut throught the pines
that drops down onto the old highway
which has been replaced for most folks by the freeway

we past where the troopers hang at their speed-trap
waiting for those who unlike the locals haven’t a clue
so that occasionally there is a pull-over
its occupants staring straight ahead
as to avoid eye contact with the two passing pedestrians

the diner has had a few remodelings but is basically the same
as when it opened when people liked Ike
and where each of us order in our own particular manner
she switching between her three favorites
i sticking to the same order except for the sporadic special of the day

returning no longer famished and maybe too jazzed on coffee
we comment on how no season unfolds itself the same way
how some surrender too easily to the next
while others make a surprise visit
altering the underbrush and berry bushes encroaching the path
how a winter blast stripped off the weak branches
or pointing out a deer now and then who attempts a road crossing
and those black birds who never perch in the same pattern

yet

in a gallery today
tucked away in what could be best called an alley
a work perfect for that space above the desk in the study

a break in the routine

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