The flourless cake, its heaviness derived of bittersweet.
Chocolate dense as darkness.
A china cup , a black pool swirled with an opaque liqueur.
The taste of each as contribution –
rancor offset by the affable.
I sit across the from the empty seat you once used.
My memories are heavy with the affection of your company
and controverted by your absence.
Each bite with a following sip a battle of emotions.
How it lingers, the memory of your sudden death
followed by the overtones of your prescience.
The night we talked late, and you said “the parent becomes the child”
Yet, I still want to ask you for advice and you never quite accepted mine.
The sound of my fork clinks and the resonant ding of the cup
as I set it down upon a saucer
all I hear in reply.