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The Street Front Cafe

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The Street Front Cafe

I come in from the blustery wind turning to shut the door behind me as 
a gust launches into the café, sending a quick chill amongst those already seated.
I pause and take a quick look around the room. I smile as it’s not full yet but there are enough here to make the place cosy.
I notice a smattering of pictures on the wall but that isn’t why you come here. No, you come to the PoetrySoup café for the poetry and prose.

Being new to the neighbourhood I wander first towards the closest wall to catch a quick glimpse of those who have been honoured here.
I smile as I recognise a few names.

Loosening my jacket (there must be a chill in the air as I seldom wear a jacket!) I head over to the serving area to place my order. A hot chocolate to start with and a nice piece of black forest cake.
As I wait to the side I turn back into the room , taking in all the surroundings. There is an air of hominess about the place.
The worn black and white squared tiles on the floor, show scuffs and cracks.
The chunky square wooden tables and chairs with neat condiment holders to the side.
As I take my order I stop for a moment as I search for a spare table.
Amongst the conversations and laughter a phrase stands out and I turn to the table where it came from “Hvorfor Takk” (why thank you – Norwegian) I smile as that can only be Anne Lise. I recognise her Norwegian although mine is very basic and very rusty.
I make my way over to greet her and say hello.
I notice 2 other women sitting with Anne Lise and recognise PD – Linda in a flash as well as Andrea. “Hei I am Thomas and you must be Anne Lise.” I say as I arrive at the table and have caught the attention of those sitting there.
A huge grin lights the faces of those seated with my introduction.
“May I?” I ask standing before the only empty seat at the table.
“Please do.” They answer together then laugh.
Before I can all three stand and
Anne Lise introduces firstly PD Linda, we exchange a hug and our hello’s.
I recognise the next woman and jump in before Anne Lise can introduce Andrea. We hug and all sit, chatting away like school children waiting for the teacher to arrive in class.
They all turn around in their seats excitedly and start pointing to other members who are busily in conversations at their own tables.
 “Over there is Kelly D, sitting with Gail and Mystic Rose” says Linda.
“…and Yvette Kelley with Bindu,” interrupts Andrea.
“Connie Moore is over there past Skat-Aux and Lucilla,’ points Linda.

I smile as heads turn at times to stare in our direction.
Standing I excuse myself for a moment as I head across to various tables to say hello to all those that have made me feel so welcome.
I share hugs with Kelly and Bindu, we share a laugh for a moment as I move onwards.
On my way around I meet Beverley Crespo and stop to share a quick conversation before completing my circle.
There are so many others in here as the place is filling up now.
Outside a change of season blows cold through a bleak neighbourhood, but inside there is a warmth in the air that comes with friendships and love.

I look around before sitting again and smile.
Spying my forest cake Andrea stands and heads to the counter.
Bringing some chocolate cake back we all laugh.
Anne Lise asks me about my Norwegian heritage and tries teaching me a few more words. I try but just can’t quite get them yet which makes her laugh. Linda asks about my writing and in turn Andrea and I smile at the bond we already have with our friendship.

Before the night is out I have shared moments with all of my wonderful friends. Kelly, Gail and Mystic as well as a laugh with Bindu who has the warmest smile. Then I got to chat with Skat and Lucilla, Connie, Yvette and Beverley with whom I shared some heartfelt words.

It’s getting late so we shuffle around and say our goodbyes.
Before heading in our own directions. Some left in pairs. Others in groups.
Some left alone but with a warmth inside that will burn brightly until next time.
Come over and drop in anytime. The PoetrySoup café is always open until late and they serve the best friendships going around.




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  1. Date: 11/11/2013 10:01:00 AM

    Thomas I loved it!! What a wonderfully warm picture of friends! SOOO glad I stumbled upon this piece ;D

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 11/11/2013 5:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for stopping by =)
  1. Date: 11/6/2013 9:28:00 PM

    Thomas, Congrats on your Meeting The Soup poets win........ LOVE ~SKAT~

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 11/6/2013 9:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for stopping by SKAT. =)
  1. Date: 11/5/2013 11:41:00 PM

    This one stood out alot,Thomas... , Congratulations on your win...LINDA

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 11/6/2013 12:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Linda =)
  1. Date: 11/5/2013 10:10:00 AM

    I read this before but didn't comment. Shall I be honest....I was miffed that I wasn't in the group! HA HA! Well, I AM being honest. It is a lovely write, though...and I would LOVE to be at a gathering like this. Thanks for your visits and kind comments on my work. I've responded. I have enjoyed getting to know you better....Maybe now we can meet at this gathering too? ;)

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 11/5/2013 10:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    you are most welcome here Eileen, as there are plenty of people inside it was hard to see everybody, so it seems I just missed you =)
  1. Date: 11/4/2013 4:19:00 PM

    Congratulations on your well deserved win! I knew this would place high, but I thought it would have been first! I guess that I am a little biased! I love this poem, Tom, excellent work! :)

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 11/4/2013 8:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you again Kelly for your support and kind words. =)
  1. Date: 11/3/2013 12:20:00 AM

    Great piece you have there, Thomas! Nice to see you here! All the best my souper-friend! Congrats on your win! Love,love,love! :-) -Den

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 11/3/2013 12:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you Arden =)
  1. Date: 11/2/2013 7:47:00 PM

    I really loved your entry in this contest. It was one of the best. Congratulations to you.

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 11/2/2013 11:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you Andrea. I will need to work on a part 2 soon! =)
  1. Date: 11/2/2013 3:02:00 PM

    lovely write and tribute to the soup ...congrats on your win :)

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 11/2/2013 11:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you again Sandra =)
  1. Date: 11/2/2013 12:40:00 PM

    Congrats Thomas I knew this would be a winner. SuZ

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 11/2/2013 11:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you SuZ, I really appreciate you stopping by =)
  1. Date: 11/2/2013 11:50:00 AM

    I am so glad you told us about the café. A lovely meeting place. Congratulations. Love, Joyce

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 11/2/2013 11:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you again for stopping by my world Joyce =)
  1. Date: 11/2/2013 9:49:00 AM

    Congrats on the win in the contest, Thomas

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 11/2/2013 11:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you Dr Ram =)
  1. Date: 11/2/2013 9:44:00 AM

    - A third place is great Thomas, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! - But this was an obvious first place for my eyes!! - Nice to meet at the Cafe, thanks for the coffee. - Have a great weekend. (Welcome to my poems a while since the last visit ....) - oxox // Anne-Lise :))

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 11/3/2013 12:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    my dearest AL, thank you so much for your visit. I haven't forgotten you, University has been hectic and life busy. I am off to 'your place' now =)
  1. Date: 10/25/2013 8:52:00 PM

    Hey, bruv, you have a lineup of some serious talent here. Well done on this write, my friend. A slice of cake, if I may? :-)

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/25/2013 10:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Not as poetic as your wonderful café poem 'Fave Poets Meet'
    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/25/2013 10:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    help yourself! and welcome, take a seat and enjoy =)
  1. Date: 10/16/2013 7:49:00 PM

    Awesome Thomas, nice tribute to poetrysoup and the ladies ;} thanks for reading Lillian my mom, she's been gone since 95, though I know she comes around, I smell her coffee . I don't drink coffee so I know it's her ;}

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/19/2013 9:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you for stopping by Debbie =)
  1. Date: 10/16/2013 4:52:00 PM

    very nicely written......a great tribute to the site....thanks for stopping by...

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/16/2013 5:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    anytime and thank you =)
  1. Date: 10/9/2013 5:29:00 PM

    I have a friend on another site, and we have talked about opening a poet's café just like this. Maybe someday it will become a reality!...I loved this poem, Thomas, thanks for including me in it! It would be great to see a series of poems like this! Excellent work! I am adding this to my favorites! How could I not? Hugs! :)

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/12/2013 5:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It would be a wonderful place to visit in real life =)
  1. Date: 10/7/2013 4:46:00 PM

    A very creative write Thomas, it sounds like the ideal place to bond with friends, let me know the next time you visit, I'll join you at your table, hugs xxx

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/12/2013 5:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much MR =)
  1. Date: 10/7/2013 3:52:00 PM

    Such a fun way to imagine us all, meeting in real life. It flows so well and the personalities are so accurate from what I have discerned of the same poets I have encountered here. Hope you have entered it in Eileen's ...Meet the Soupers Contest. A winner for sure. SuZ

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/12/2013 5:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you Suz, I am glad you liked this one =)
  1. Date: 10/7/2013 2:08:00 AM

    Love it. It led me to addition but it was to long for the comment box. So check it out here. http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems_poets/poem_detail.aspx?ID=510405

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/7/2013 2:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I love this addition Tim, and would encourage as many to stop by to read it. It fits perfectly (and now the café serves alcohol for those who would like something different!) It would be fun to have a few more and link them somehow? Bravo mate =)
  1. Date: 10/6/2013 7:38:00 PM

    Thomas, absolutely magnificent! What a cafe''.. I love the friendship and honor around this poem... wonderful group of poets.. I' was happy to introduce myself when you first came on board. happy cheers and doughnuts for everyone.. Except Skat, she can't handle sugar...LOL.... xox~ Linda

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/6/2013 9:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for stopping by Linda, you're welcome here anytime =)
  1. Date: 10/6/2013 4:12:00 PM

    Outstanding, Thomas! A great read - I wish I could have been there; you created an amazing visual :)

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/6/2013 9:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    you can be here, everyone is welcome anytime =)
  1. Date: 10/6/2013 2:17:00 PM

    This is BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN my new good friend! You are a story teller unique... I am extremely impressed! Loved what Lucilla had to say... "so cool if there was a place called Poetry Soup Cafe" That would be totally amazing meeting some of these sweet friends face to face! Great post, my fiend... a loud cheer from Canada!

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/6/2013 2:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You're welcome Jack. Glad you could stop by. =) Make yourself welcome and share some cheer with friends. Yes it would be a great place to drop in and catch up. =) Anyway Canada is only across the pond and up a few hills from Australia! =)
  1. Date: 10/6/2013 12:46:00 PM

    Thank-you for this amazing Honor my Friend & poet ~ I am blushing !

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/6/2013 1:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    anytime =)
  1. Date: 10/6/2013 12:45:00 PM

    Excellent ! I would love to come here , it will be so one day , and we will share poems ! Thank-you for the invite mate~

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/6/2013 1:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you for stopping by Shanity. =) you're always welcome =)
  1. Date: 10/6/2013 6:53:00 AM

    - I stopped by even today .... it was so nice yesterday .... equally enjoyable today as well :)))) + fav.

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/6/2013 8:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hahaha You make me smile AL you're always welcome =D
  1. Date: 10/5/2013 11:56:00 PM

    Thomas, I don't generally enjoy long narratives unless they are written like THIS one. VERY interesting for being well crafted and making us feel like we are RIGHT there. Thanks for including me in the scene. There are so many Soupers I have come to know, I think if I had to write one like this, I'd have to make it be a cafeteria. ahhaha. Oh, my you sure pegged me right by having me go toward a cake. Always I have food on my mind!! to FAVES

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/6/2013 12:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    lol I remembered your poem about chocolate, that gave me the idea. I'm glad you like it. =)
  1. Date: 10/5/2013 10:55:00 PM

    WOW! I can picture it in my mind. That would be so cool if there was a place called Poetry Soup Cafe and we could all hang out. I would try your black frost cake. Thanks for sharing this great stor/poem. I have written a few poems about friendship.... Lucilla

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/5/2013 10:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Lucilla. You are welcome anytime. =)
  1. Date: 10/5/2013 10:26:00 PM

    You rascal you! This is so wonderful. I feel so happy, like I was there. You really got me with this Thomas. I wish that you were here and we really could have a party!

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/5/2013 10:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you for stopping by =) you're always welcome here.
  1. Date: 10/5/2013 7:01:00 PM

    Mighty Exciting, and honor to be narrated into your poem, Thomas amazing PD, would know us all........ another little favorite. Thank you for attacking us with the kindness from your heart. very neat....... This has been one fun gathering, with amazing Poetess... I have one question, where's all the men. eeehhehe! :) love ~SKAT~

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/5/2013 10:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Skat, come back anytime =)
  1. Date: 10/5/2013 4:02:00 PM

    O.M.G. ..... it felt almost like a real meeting .... lol. - It sounded very enjoyable, I'll be happy to return to this "The Street Front Cafe" ....... will you come ??? - Thanks for letting me be part of your poem. - Have a nice weekend my friend. - (See you next Saturday at the cafe.) - oxox // Anne-Lise :))

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/5/2013 10:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    of course AL I am always here! Drop by anytime you're always welcome =)
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