May 3, 2018


Local Coffee Shop

She's an impressive barista
Working solo, taking orders
Gliding within her domain
Behind the painted black counter
Working the espresso machine
With caffeine-nimble hands

It's a local coffee shop
Pedestal tables squeezed
Along the mural-splashed wall
They fit two chairs apiece
Not three for a study group
Not four for laughing friends

A scant yard from the counter
One may dwell in a laptop
One may read a newspaper
Two may intimately converse
Over cups of coffee poured
By an impressive barista

Two may speak openly
Their sordid personal truths
The barista hears them all
Betray imagined privacy
She adds syrup to coffee but
Drinks the truths strong and black

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