In Galway on Quay Street
no tables for one,
but traveling alone is liberating.
It's a good thing I enjoy my own company.
Smile is a universal language,
not always friendly.
You can tell they cater to Americans,
always ice in the water.
Young man at next table - expatriate -
red hair and American accent -
entertaining his grandparents on their "first trip to Ireland."
Nina Simone in the background.
The freedom of being thousands of miles from one's self.
© Christine Salkin Davis, 2019