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Little Coffee House

Little Coffee House 

It’s the coffee counter line-up
A conveyor belt of people 
Ready for their little treat
A little piece of comfort
From their favorite beanery
I strum as I watch them 
My guitar like an old friend
They should say hello to -
But they never do 
Little Coffee House
My band’s playing for you
But what do you do
You just want want want your cups
Your little coffee mugs
So move up to the front

Funky-spiked hair dude
Jokes with the worker
He leans on the counter
(I think that he likes her) 
But people are waiting
And he’s hesitating
So all the shoe tappers  
Start to harass him -
Hurry up and pick one fast

Little Coffee House
We’re playing for you
But what do you do
You just need need need your cups
Your little coffee mugs
And that little coffee buzz  

I look around the room
There’s a girl in a red shirt 
Looking out of the window 
She sips on a latte -
I think she’s an artist
She lays out her sketchbook
But she doesn’t start to draw 
She turns to face the wall –
What are we doing wrong?

We don’t have to be inspiration
But how ‘bout entertainment?
Are we a distraction?
I can’t help but asking 
Are we an invasion 
Of the air?

Little Coffee House
We’re playing for you
But what do you do
You just sip sip sip your cups
Your little coffee mugs
Not listening to us

There’s a man on a laptop
There’s a girl reading Sherlock
There’s a guy on a cell phone
A boy eating Jell-O 
I want them to look up
If they’d look up they’d see us
Are we so bad we should shut up?
Because I feel like we just suck -
I feel like we’re not even here
We’re jamming 
To inattentive ears 

Oh Little Coffee House
I feel I’m at a loss
We’re playing here for you
But what do you do
Your busy coffee mouths
Keep sippin’ till it’s out
If only you’d listen
You’d hear what you’re missin’
We’re not
Just another gig 
Someday, we’ll make it BIG

Sip sip sippin’ cups
Those little coffee mugs
Sip ‘em till they’re out
Little Coffee House

Copyright © Black Eyed Susan

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  1. Date: 10/1/2013 7:55:00 AM
    This is a creative, unique, different, entertaining and imaginative write. You pull the reader in and take them on a journey into the coffee house and singer world. Nice job

  1. Date: 7/9/2012 12:53:00 PM
    Goodness gracious, Susan! This poem is HOT! Smokin' hot and I am in awe that it didn't place...well, it is one dynamo of a write and the ambiance u captured as u received your coffee has never been penned so well! Savin it for me treasure trove of's really hard draggin such heavy poems with one wooden leg....Rrrrr! .....A special thanks for enjoying my poem of my childhood memories...left out the box of doll parts...legs, arms,,,,doll clothes and eyeballs at the bottom of the box too...hahah....luv'd the contest a lot! Thanks again, gwendolen

  1. Date: 6/28/2012 7:22:00 PM
    I can see Rhonda's point. It certainly is very original, Susan. I think you told me you wrote it as a song. Wouldn't it be nice to put it to music?

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 9:21:00 PM
    I cannot believe your poem didn't place! It's a top finisher on my list. Such a fantastic and memorable write!! To each his or her own, I guess. Love and Blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 9:52:00 AM
    Love this thought provoking piece, Susan - it must be frustrating for entertainers in those places. Are you really in a band?

    Susan Avatar Black Eyed Susan
    Date: 6/28/2012 8:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No, but I wish I could sing...
  1. Date: 6/27/2012 9:05:00 AM
    I can't choose which is better, the smell or the taste. One is free and the other keeps going up. One day I may need to make a choice. Loved the message Susan

  1. Date: 6/26/2012 9:51:00 AM
    This sure was a very enjoyable read for me Susan! And I liked the refrain that you used! What I liked even more was of how this came across to me as a "people watching" poem-- I love to people watch! I wish you the best in the contest...And thanks for passing by my poem :) -- as for your question-- I leave the interpretation up to you :) see it as you deem fit please. Thanks!

  1. Date: 6/26/2012 8:44:00 AM
    Thank you for sharing your outstanding poetry with us today Susan. I am enjoying reading our new poets plus our seasoned poets. Have a beautiful day and may you continue to find the inspiration to write for years to come. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/25/2012 10:58:00 PM
    Fantastic poem for the contest. This sure should be seen somewhere at the top, Agreed with Andrea, this sounds like a song. It paints a detail picture of the coffee house in the reader's mind, such a thing is rare. Well done!

  1. Date: 6/25/2012 9:23:00 PM
    Gosh, sounds like a SONG. What made you decide to do song lyrics, Susan. this is great stuff for Nate's contest. I think the most creative entry that I have seen!

  1. Date: 6/25/2012 7:54:00 PM
    I just read an astounding masterpiece! I wish I could a create a poem as wonderful as this. Expect to be on the winners' circle! Congrats in advance!

  1. Date: 6/25/2012 4:20:00 PM
    I love this poem... it's so good! It's probably... you'll never believe this... one of my favorites!Once again, I want you to know that this poem is incredible... you should really think about getting it published. I know a great website that publishes poetry in a book and you can win prizes. (It's a contest.) You could easily win; this poem is dynamite! Visit and you'll find it under the tab: "Monthly Contest." You really should enter it... it is a truly outstanding poem.

  1. Date: 6/25/2012 3:01:00 PM
    its so aggrevating..grrr..sometimes you can take the bull by the horns I've gotten up and said HEY!!!! PLEASE listen these folks worked hard on this to show YOU [poem, song etc.] It usually works i schock them into listening BIG HUGS Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/25/2012 2:13:00 PM
    Wish I was there....just sip sip my cup....very well written B.E.Susan. - Wish you luck in contest - hope you win !!! - oxox love Anne-Lise