Throwback Friday: First Timer – Christine Ray


Response poem to Stephen Fuller’s poem In the Cafe

All are welcome at the Go Dog Go Cafe

I stand getting wet in cold rain
watching through plate glass windows
edges fogged
rendering the scene inside
a soft feathered oval
aroma of coffee
faint but distinct
drifts past my nose
feeling a bit shy and tentative
I approach the door
pull it open
to the sound of a cheerful bell
I am greeted by steamy warmth
that fogs my glasses
intriguing smells
hum of lively conversation
a few patrons
look up at me with curiosity
as I approach the counter
I intend only to order coffee
but impulsively add a scone
enticingly calling from the glass case
the barista smiles as she hands me my order
my change
you’re new around here
not a question
I nod
I nod again
then add poet
she points to a large wooden table
toward the front of the café
full of laughter
easy conversation
Steve, can you find a chair for a newcomer?
the barista calls from behind the counter
before I can respond
everyone good-naturedly
rearranges themselves
to accommodate an extra chair
I nod my thanks at the barista
before approaching the table
coffee and pastry in hand
I am greeted with warm open smiles
a tall man in the center
gestures to the now empty chair next to him
welcome he says as I put down my food
absorb the introductions
my shyness fades as
I take my seat
seamlessly included
in the conversation
as if I am an old friend
who has been away
I mentally sigh

© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved

5 thoughts on “Throwback Friday: First Timer – Christine Ray

  1. Christine,

    This is a great Throwback! I don’t know how to fix the link but I believe that this is the poem:

    The aroma of coffee invites us
    Inside we pause to listen
    Our hearts beat, we are alive
    Heard by those who gathered.

    Wonderful to have this poem refreshed for us, you wrote to the very spirit of the cafe. Thank you.


    Liked by 1 person

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