at least he remembered
the salt-sprayed breeze
on their patio in Red Bank
the patio with the pistachio green
umbrella, talking about the sailboats
and sipping raspberry-peach iced tea
wondering out loud… how a sunset
could look so much like candle wax
melting on the floor of an old attic
a few drops of citrus oil was all it took

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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