Cafés by Pascal Dominic Niederhaeuser
Updated: Feb 3
They hold this particular aura,
An ambience of invisibility.
Terms like object or subject
Cease to exist – pulverised.
In the course of this synthesis
Voyeurism becomes normality
And the position of the victim
Is nothing more than illusion.
Everyone watches as much as
They’re being watched by others.
It is a chain, a string of watching
Protected by the city’s anonymity.
The soft chatter emerging from
Booths filled with twos and threes
Crowds the air. And the voices’
electricity fuels the lights above.
Crockery and cutlery clinking,
Filling the interstices in between
The soft humming of speech.
A throbbing little universe of its own.
Pascal Dominic Niederhaeuser is a young, queer poet and a student of English and philosophy, currently located in Basel. His work openly discusses personal topics such as mental health or love and often features a profound philosophic undertone. Twitter: @pdniederhaeuser