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Coffee Shop

Bustling people and clinking forks
A crowded maze of tables and chairs
The soft conversations meant to be secret
Rise to a horrible din of mingling words and phrases

The smell of stale coffee beans and perfume
Caress my nose with a familiar touch
The morning shines outside the huge windows
Burning brightly, it washes out the crowd

People become shadows in the insane light
The breaking dawn ruins their features
I set alone in this madness of Sun-fire
My senses raped by terrible sights and sound

They fuel my desire to be ...

The smell of unwashed skin and vodka
Drifts in on a fugitive breeze
The rattle of a beggar's cup points to its source
Its owner's suffering passes silently amongst the crowd

An old man sits with his paper in hand
A daytime hooker enjoys her hazelnut creamer
A well-dressed woman curses her cellphone and spills her latte
A child grips her legs and she curses him as well

In a dream
Sepia tones and friendly faces
In a nightmare
Shadow beasts and hungry eyes

They fuel my desire to be ...

My pen begins to glide along the rough paper
A few words, hard pressed, appear like forgotten children
Suddenly their voices are not so loud
My eyes begin to focus only on the paper

A beautiful thing begins to form
An ornament to the chaos around me
I find a wonderful peace
And the words flow gently and with ease

The shadow beings float around me
Trying to disturb my bubble of genesis
There sounds cannot stop me, I do not fear them
These hateful beasts are helping me so

They fuel my desire to be ...

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  1. Date: 5/19/2009 11:26:00 AM

    "Trying to disturb my bubble of genesis" loved this line..I do agree totally with what you're saying...perspective makes all the difference...seen one way things are beautiful...another...the same scene..only ugliness....to be....a human BEING Light & Love

  1. Date: 5/12/2009 7:23:00 AM

    Congratulations on your poetry making it into the semi finals. Wishing you the best of luck in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/3/2009 11:32:00 PM

    Bradley, my belated congrats in making the semi finals...Raul

  1. Date: 4/4/2009 10:05:00 PM

    congrats on a well desevered first round survival. wishing you all the best in the finals. love Leke

  1. Date: 2/27/2009 8:43:00 AM

    An awesome poet You are!

  1. Date: 2/27/2009 6:29:00 AM

    Congratulations on your excellent poetry being featured this week Bradley. May you have many more featured. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/25/2009 6:31:00 PM

    Bradley - I just wanted to say congratulations on having your poetry featured this week – God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 2/24/2009 6:25:00 AM

    Interesting, thought provoking write. Congrats on "Coffee Shop" being featured. Vince

  1. Date: 12/24/2008 4:17:00 AM

    I love this poem.. congratulations on your win

  1. Date: 12/21/2008 11:11:00 AM

    Dear Bradley - Congratulations on your WIN in Nigel & Christie's contest! Peace always, John

  1. Date: 12/20/2008 8:17:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win with this wonderfully descriptive poem! ~Juliane

  1. Date: 12/19/2008 12:56:00 PM

    Interesting reflection with a wonderful ending. Congratulation on being one of the winners in Nigel's contest. Keep up the good writing. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Karen

  1. Date: 12/19/2008 8:50:00 AM

    Best wishes to you, this is such a stunning piece.. Congrats on your win in the contest. BG

  1. Date: 12/19/2008 4:53:00 AM

    Incredible. Outstanding. You are indeed a brilliant writer. Warmest congrats on your win in Nigel and Christie's contest. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 12/19/2008 3:51:00 AM

    BRILLIANT!!! I am there experiencing the inspiration that only a writer will find in a coffee shop. Congratulations on your well deserved win, Bradley. lainie

  1. Date: 12/19/2008 12:02:00 AM

    Wow what a powerful account of it all. Very well brought together in words. Congratulations on your success. Love, Chitra

  1. Date: 12/18/2008 8:10:00 PM

    Bradley congrats on placing in the contest - Great job - Merry Christmas & God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 12/18/2008 6:46:00 PM

    Congratulations, and well deserved to be a winner in the contest. So nicely done!! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 12/5/2008 6:02:00 AM

    You painted a picture with your words, and it gives the reader a true look at the coffee shop and what you are witness to. Well done! Carrie

  1. Date: 12/5/2008 5:48:00 AM

    Thank you, Chris!!

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