“Local Business”

by Charity Winters

(“Local Business” mobile version)

up ahead is the market we passed
through before and now again return
with the memory of warm flat bread inviting–
the convoy to pass through the
market up ahead–now silent after
cooking something other than warm flat bread
the shops are closed up ahead
in the market known for its flat bread
the streets are clear–inviting us to pass
through the market with
memories of its warm flat bread
now silent–alerting to something
cooking off up ahead–
for they, too, knew we would return
and not just for warm bread