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Let's Just Eat Croissants Together

and drift in youth's smooth love

By Teresa RentonPublished 3 months ago Updated 3 months ago 2 min read
Top Story - December 2023
Let's Just Eat Croissants Together
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I want to eat breakfast with you

in the park, where we slept all night.

I’d rather that, than spend a night

in a swanky Paris hotel

or trip-it to New York

or feel my heart pounding

before touching my toe

to pirouette-polished floorboards

and dance with the corps de ballet (one day?)


I can’t help but inhale the thrilling glint in your eye

that ruffles the smooth contours of your perfect face,

that unravels how I long for you.

I can’t help unravelling because of your love for croissants


the vibrant cerise dahlia’s

circling our park fountain


and repeatedly I yield to us

breathless from our telepathy.

Only I can catch that glint

wet from the cherub spouting water

its marble lips so cold and smooth

even when right above

tender rays of morning sun

sweep over our molten bodies.

We slip out of smooth slumber

still clinging to our moments

like selfish clouds holding onto rain


while breakfast croissants fall in pastry flakes

and there seems to be no point to them.

You smile a little on your left side,

leaning on your elbow, brown eyes alive

and I think of consuming you

instead of all the pastries, except

perhaps, the ones from that boulangerie

on Boulevard Saint-Germain—

ones which you haven’t tasted yet.


We can travel there together,

float up in a silk air balloon–

scatter crumbs over the park-keeper’s grimace–

sorry we outstayed our welcome

but elated now, to be flying;

aerial dancers, wind combing our hair smooth.

Solemn clouds–softened to tears

sprinkle baptism on our smooth passage

of ephemeral yearnings of youth.


What’s the point of all these dalliances?

Stumbling, fumbling, experimenting,

wondering whether this person is the one (he’s not)

to turn our Charlestons into ballet?

Did it matter whether Baryshnikov picked Kirkland

just for the thrill of the flight?

Or do passions cut corners, change direction,

glide, like condors harnessing whatever currents

will carry them best.


I’ve no wish to pick over a future

that was never ours;

nor to sequester the history

you won’t find on my CV;

but to claim ownership of shared croissants

would be to gag on all the lustrous

sexy sighs and French kisses

that slid like silk

from our satin-stitched tongues.


I don’t want a rusty prison helix

to split our sheet-clean flawless sky

when I look up at you,

slide into your smooth sleep,

dream of breakfast with you.

* * * * *

Inspired by Frank O’Hara Having a Coke with You

* * * * * * * * * *

Teresa Renton has a first-class degree in English Linguistics and Language Creativity. Her work has previously been published in Flash Fiction Magazine, Across the Margin, Stick Figure Poetry, 101 Words, and 50 Give or Take

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Teresa Renton

Inhaling life, exhaling stories, poetry, prose, flash or fusions. An imperfect perfectionist who writes and recycles words. I write because I love how it feels to make ink patterns & form words, like pictures, on a page.

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  • Stephen Kramer Avitabile9 days ago

    Wow this is written so well, with such an easy flow that carries you right through. And I love the metaphors and the choice of words. So many smooth words that make the poem feel, actually feel soft and cozy. So many nice themes of just doing something simple besides doing something over complicated, how the time with the person is enough, even just eating croissants. Excellent stuff!

  • Best!

  • Sathishkumar S26 days ago


  • Novel Allen3 months ago

    Ode to love and beyond. The bards have nothing on you. Congrats on your beautifully written lines of poetry.

  • The Dani Writer3 months ago

    J'adore ça ! Good lord woman you can swing a metaphor any which way to YEAH! Stumbling over words to say how much I enjoyed this expression of talent. Phenomenal writing! Masterful!

  • Margaret Brennan3 months ago

    first of all, congratulations on TS. Now, this poem? omg, it's excellent. Love well said. Again, bravo!

  • Grz Colm3 months ago

    Wonderful work! Anything French and I’m there! Congrats on your top story! 😊👏

  • Mubashira Kachhot3 months ago


  • Paul Stewart3 months ago

    This is a masterpiece...you are truly gifted, Teresa! Thank you for sharing this with us and what a fine entry. Loved everything about this! Congrats on the TS!

  • Waseem Chem3 months ago

    so beauty

  • Naveed 3 months ago

    Excellent effort! Keep up the superb work—congrats!s 😍

  • Caroline Jane3 months ago

    This is so lightly elegant it is bewitching. I am with Heather on satin-stiched tongues. Inspired. There is so much silky goodness in this. It is seriously enchanting. Well done Teresa. Gorgeous writing. 😍

  • K. Kocheryan3 months ago

    Sweet poem. Congrats on top story!

  • Kendall Defoe 3 months ago

    Beautiful dance on the screen...and I am in the mood for croissants now!

  • Melissa Ingoldsby3 months ago

    Great work, very evocative and sweet

  • Cathy holmes3 months ago

    Back to say congrats on the TS.

  • Dana Crandell3 months ago

    Yes! Congratulations on a well-deservide Top Story. Oh, and I finally remembered to hit the heart. lol

  • I get such a pang of sunny nostalgia from this

  • Celia in Underland3 months ago

    So many stunning llines. I really loved the 'our fountain' reference, it really just struck me. Beautifully done and super congratulations on Top story! 🤍

  • Selfish clouds holding on to rain, I live for lines like that. Loved the sentiment expressed in this.

  • Cathy holmes3 months ago

    This is simply gorgeous, and magical. Very well done.

  • Heather Hubler3 months ago

    Ooo, I loved the phrase, satin-stitched tongues. This felt so rich and decadent. Tremendous work...I'll be shocked if this doesn't place. Loved it, Teresa :)

  • Manisha Dhalani3 months ago

    Anything that involves food is romantic. Haha. Love this!

  • Oooo, this was sooo elegant and wonderful! Loved your poem!

  • Dana Crandell3 months ago

    Oh, so smooth!

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