Earls Court

Down-at-heel adventurers
Wide-eyed in cafe windows, sip
The elevated loneliness
Designed by Sartre and Burroughs.

Only the Australians 
Will ever go home.
A snowy wind, a wintry mind
Abandoned for an altered state

Of Beat and Hippy paperbacks,
Romantic travel, Kathmandu -
But savings totted on a napkin
Still wouldn't stretch to France.

Consolidating confidence,
These early days of independence.
Another coffee guarantees

Another hour of life.