The Absinthe Drinker

The Absinthe Drinker
Victor Oliva, "The Absinthe Drinker"


Posture, pony tail, black work uniform. Proud of her breasts: she pushes them before her like advertisements: I am female.

Middle-aged buslady likes me, smiles, says hello in halting English. Less and less shy each time I come in.

It's a tourist crowd: in town to gawp the Mission. Dropped from busses in Bermuda shorts and flip flops and sunscreen. Eating what the Mexicans eat for lunch.

Patrick Caulfield, "Cafe" Sign (1968)
Patrick Caulfield, Café Sign (1968)