Before cyberspace and ATM’s
banking was leisurely and simple.
Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm –
For travellers a dilemma,
an early morning departure
and frantic journey,
or a bundle of notes, carefully concealed.
a complex algorithm, calculate a reasonable arrival time
multiply by the certainty of a headwind and add the spite of terrain.
A long day looms
a cash injection is needed.
Wait back for the heat
or push hard?
The latter is chosen
slow hours on a sinister road.
Late. And cold. Simple needs,
a hot drink and something sweet.
A quick calculation. Coffee or fruit cake –
separate. Together is not possible,
decision : hot drink more beneficial to internal warming.
An invisible woman witnesses resolution of the quadratic.
In the echoing eating space
she becomes visible and sits adjacent,
coffee slides down, almost,
She waves a hand over a plate
“my eyes were bigger than my stomach,
would you like it ”– fruit cake.