As Benedictines

We see a single incandescent light 
beneath the pond,
a flash at the bottom 
of four stemmed glasses, 
as if we were still in the Orleanais,
where sins are garnished with clams 
and stewed in the finest vichyssoise.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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