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Ole's Waffle House

Alameda, CA, 2014

Atmosphere a golden glow
scented with maple syrup,
Jackie Wilson singing
Your Love is Lifting Me Higher;
at tables and booths, couples
and families making plans,
chuckling at private jokes;
waitresses bustling, balancing
plates, all kindness and smiles,
calling everyone Hon;
at the counter, bonded
into momentary family
by waffles and love.