Valencia, like the oranges
she said,
when asked her name.

She said this matter of factly
as though thousands of girls had names so exotic

I prefer peppermint tea,
she whispered,
looking embarrassed and trying not to sound pretentious
when I offered to buy her coffee

is how she described our meeting
months later, devoid of romanticism
although on our bedside table, she still has the coaster.

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