sign off
close apps
email drafts

silenced phone
the sound of a lighter strike
eucalyptus mint candle wax
and tea lights

wipe down the counters
check for spots on the glasses
and the time
10 past 6

he's in traffic, behind a city bus
or momentarily,
irises dilated

find something acoustic
looking for the one seasoning
hiding in the back corner
almost out

the cat stirs from his nap
looks at the door
light breaks through the front window
soon, the sound of a twisting lock