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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Benedict Tisa

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Any Restaurant

The Any Restaurant
took you away from Kinshasa
directly to Shanghai 1940.
All made up in paper lanterns,
greens and red flashing lights,
through dark rooms
traced in outlined archways
bamboo walls.
A bubbly fish tank
of exotic, non-eatables.
An air of Eastern screeching music
greeted tables of colored nationalities.
Missing only,
in starched white uniforms,
a few sailors around the bar,
in clouds of blue gray smoke.
Like a place I've been before.

Kinshasa 1997