Café with Faceless Man
A man appears, disappears, revenant of the man within the man. What’s left but white shirtsleeves, two gold buttons on a vest and a trail of fog rolling onto the street from the doorway of Au Petit Dunkerque. Behind the window’s gilded bars: cigars, rows of gold-filled bottles, and a model ship with twelve sails that always travels east. At half-mast, a man no taller than a glass dressed in a captain’s suit wears the face of leaving but never leaves.