Lonely Soup

First, check refrigerator for ingredients:
potatoes, couple of celery stalks, unopened bag
of baby carrots, half an onion, moldy strawberries.
Second, peel the potatoes; throw out the berries;
chop the rest.
Third, place in a large pot with boiling broth.
Fourth, pour a glass of wine and wait.
Fifth, burn tongue tasting the soup.
Sixth, pour two ladlefuls into favorite glass bowl.
Seventh, consume soup, pour more wine.
First, check email for messages:
a coupon, an appointment reminder, spam,
an advertisement, more spam, nothing from you.
Second, check voicemail and text messages;
there are none.
Third, look out the window into the driveway.
Fourth, pour a glass of wine and wait.
Fifth, scold heart for aching.
Sixth, question confidence and hairstyle.
Seventh, tears make for salty wine; pour.

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