side by side

we drank tea together
in the afternoon
Mia and I
in the cafe where she works

we both sat along the same side
of a table placed for four
spread with red and white gingham print cloth
draped evenly over each edge
weighted down with condiments
centred precisely

and this is how friends sit together you know
said Mia
pleased to teach me something new
it’s how we do things
back home

I said it feels different
from being sat faced opposite

in a good way you mean
yes
in a good way

it’s not how they do it in any films I can think of

no

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