Poetry: Coffee for One

Laboriously she enters
the coffee shop
hair up, make up on,
clothes clean, ready for war
Always orders coffee for one
Holding herself up
on a push chair
forearms flex with each step
as they carry the familiar load.
She hugs her history,
heavy with disappointment,
on each hip
Sits alone at a table for six
coffee served
shoulders back, chin up
awaits a conversation
that never arrives
Surrounded by activity
of writers, students,
business people, musicians
at tables hugging the walls
talking, sharing, sipping.
Others only donate
a quick glance to her cause
Like an infant bird
still in the nest
she waits for
a greeting to be
thrown into her mouth
Sorrow hangs over
her head like a sign
alerting others to keep distance,
like the bright colors nature paints
that which is poisonous
She looks disgusted to be sitting alone
What did she expect?
Woman with a Hat (Madame Matisse)
Private Collection
Henri Matisse, 1905

Published by

Shannon Laws

Shannon P. Laws, born in Seattle, Washington, lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Author of three poetry books, "Madrona Grove", "Odd Little Things", and "Fallen" and an audiobook of her select mid-life dating satire poems, "You Love Me, Your Love Me Not". For seven years she produced award-winning community radio programs that promoted the PNW music/art community. Shannon's other interests include operating her voice-over company, Chickadee Productions, and Poetry Club. Since 2015 Poetry Club is dedicated to the neighborhood discussion and sharing of poetry.

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