“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