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

Like my writing? Want to hear me read my poetry? Please visit https://chickadeeproductions.bandcamp.com/releases and download some today. Only $1.00 a poem! Shannon Laws is a Pacific Northwest poet, voice-over talent, and podcast producer. She is the author of four poetry books, the most recent “Fallen” published by Independent Writer’s Studio Press. Shannon has received two Mayor’s Arts Awards and the Community Champion Award for promoting local artists and encouraging peace and understanding through community poetry events. She makes her home in Bellingham, Washington, USA.

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