Observations in the Cafe

Observations in the Cafe

A Poem by Stephanie

Tall soy hot chocolate

Lukewarm apple tart

Pile of education books

Christmas songs playing softly overhead

An SJSU sweatshirt walks by

Attached to an attractive face

He sits with his back to me

Presumably to study as I am failing to do

The family of the corporate employee

Takes up two tables with their treats:

Two festive sugar cookies

One chocolate chunk

One double chocolate chip Frappuccino.

Some ladies in the corner

Discuss the frigid weather

The little boy behind me

Plays on his Nook contentedly

He’s making little boy noises

And part of me wants to join him

Make ridiculous noises in the café

Instead of writing a damn bibliography

Laptop battery is at 41%

An hour and fifty minutes

Until in shuts down in protest

Three times the woman beside me asks,

“Do you know the time?”

Before her son (grandson?)

Tells her it is 4:12 p.m.

Turns out his name is Justin.

I want to keep making inane observations

Justify them as a list poem , if I may

Or one of those “overheard” poems

Like the poem by that one guy

That I really liked.

Maybe someone will like this poem someday

© 2013 Stephanie

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Very amusing. I haven't been in school since 2006, but I remember the feeling quite well. I can't tell you how many times I found myself paying attention to anything and everything except the lesson at hand (even if whatever it was that grabbed my attention was completely uninteresting). It seems like whenever you have an assignment or other responsibility, your mind tries to sabotage your efforts by focusing on the most seemingly mundane- and completely unrelated- stimuli available.
I realize that I went on a bit of a tangent there. The short version is that I liked this. Good on you.

Posted 7 Years Ago

Softly chuckling... I really wonder if I have walked the aisles of that one once before... you have a way of observing...

Seems we observe in different ways.

Posted 7 Years Ago

Someone already used the word 'delightful', but that's exactly how I would have described it.

A charming read.

Posted 7 Years Ago

I like it, so that's three of us now. I see one teensy thing I might tweak but it's a words choice thing. What you have is fine and If I were you, I wouldn't even ask me about that little nitpick of mine.

Posted 7 Years Ago

A delightful fun read! I enjoyed every line. :)

Posted 7 Years Ago

This is wonderful. I love how you threw in your own thoughts concerning the poem itself into the last lines. I felt like I was in your head and following the line of your sight. Very good. We've all done this on our own, but it's nice to see it put into poetry.

Posted 7 Years Ago

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Added on December 7, 2013
Last Updated on December 7, 2013



Gilroy, CA

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