Frank Prem

Tuesday Night at Emile's: last escort

she is walking away now
has observed him taking his leave
from the restaurant
followed him to his home


studying him
to establish a measure in her mind
of the ways he has changed
since that first encounter


she remembers it well
his face
his voice
the deep consternation
her appearance caused


and the differences visible in him
on the evening he had confronted her
oh yes
she denied it innocently
and he
poor fool
believed her
such a gullible man
but a sweetheart for all that


she has watched him
from concealment
on more than one occasion
since then


this will be the last time
a kind of farewell
in the form of an invisible escort
to his door
but she will not forget


even now
an attar of those red blooms
already long pressed into keepsake
plays in the air
about her
a sentient reminder
of the man from emile’s




  • Goldfinch60

    So she was always there.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Tuesday Night at Emiles' it has been so intriguing leaving question in my mind after each piece - "What happens next.

    Thank you Frank.

    • Frank Prem

      You're most welcome, GF. It's been a pleasure to present the set.

      The primary poem was intended as a one off for the book collection (Book of Evenings) but grew and ended up as a discrete set of poems within the book.

      I might present the Book of Evenings poems here as follow-up. They were a significant collection for me back in the day.

    • FredPeyer

      Frank, I really like the openness of this poem. It leaves a lot to the imagination of the reader. Well done!
      I guess you are now 'the man from emile's'! :-)

      • Frank Prem

        Naw, just the chronicler of his tale, Fred.

        Delighted you've enjoyed the set.

      • Laura

        I’ve just finished reading all of your “Tuesday Night at Emile’s” postings!
        Thoroughly enjoyed each one of them!
        You’re a very talented writer! Would love to read your “Book of Evenings” poems as a follow up! Thank you for gifting us with your postings!


        • Frank Prem

          You're welcome, Laura. My pleasure to present the work here.

        • Lorna

          I got the feeling that she was only a symptom of other problems Emile was having. And that she exploited them. She was disturbing.

          • Frank Prem

            The fragility of an orderly, ordinary life that gets touched by chaos.

            Glad you enjoyed reading the pieces, in any case.

          • Tony36

            Awesome write

            • Frank Prem

              Thank you Tony. Delighted you enjoyed them.

              • Tony36


              • Louis Gibbs

                Intriguing tale well written, Frank. Most enjoyable!

                • Frank Prem

                  Thanks Louis. It's lovely to revisit the set and present it here.

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