What Began at Chez Pepe’s
They waited a hundred yards ahead of him,
Mack readied to take the last few steps
toward Jake and Maggie. His thoughts
turned toward when it all began with him,
Jake, Maggie, and Louis.
It was the Brugger murder case
right in the alley behind Chez Pepe’s
in the River Quay. He and Mack
were scoping out the alley for
clues or witnesses. And they found
Louis having his evening repast
down aways from the dumpster.
As always Louis had set a fine table,
that is a cardboard table, resplendent
with chipped crystal goblet, cracked China,
and a bottle of red, Rothschild’s 1959,
no more than two glasses gone,
pieces of salmon, wilted herbs,
and the blue vase with rescued purple
orchids whose aromatic scent filled Louis’s senses.
Louis witnessed the murder, so Jake
and Mack were talking with him
about what he saw that early morning, when
Chez Pepe’s host, Maggie, came out the
back door for a smoke. She saw them
talking with Louis, for whom she watched out.
Mack continued to take the last few steps
that would take him to Maggie now in this time,
Jake, and Louis too.
©Paul Goldman April 27, 2022
[art by Dawn Goldman, 2009]