MAJOUN VISION

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MARCO! POLO!

I sauntered along

the North African beach,

Casablanca.

I stumbled upon Rick’s Café;

schmaltzy recreation 

of a film legend—

 

touristy, to be sure.

Cliché, no doubt

Yet the piano player

Plays “As Time Goes By”

And I sip my drink.

 

The waiter in his fez 

asks if I’d like anything else.

This won’t be the start

of a beautiful friendship

but at least

 

I’ll get a souvenir T-shirt

sure to occasionally spark

unwanted, banal conversation.

 

and I’ll still smile

w/ the knowledge that

the real bar that 

inspired the movie

is located in Tangier.

 

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