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Coffee House
by Roger A. Ochs

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The music sounds the same
The clothing/costumes are
But I miss the smoke
the candles
the darkness
My own youth

The singer's framed
By space age art
But his songs remain
In the same hard-scabble
That gave us
gave us
gave us
Before and since.

The lady at the next table
Makes her jewelry
Fingers flying
She braids the hemp
With bits of quartz
colored beads
silver wire
Her body is at ease
While her spirit floats

In her Earth Mother mode
I knew her before her birth
We have known one another
Although we've never met
nor spoken
nor shared
A pastry with our coffees

Coffees that are now exotica
But lost their erotica
Served in an atmosphere
Reeking of good air
good health
good light
And me forced outside
for a smoke.

Friends don't let friends drink Starbucks.

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Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/24/2002
I love my coffee....did smoke but quit 11 years ago....thank goodness for that
but erotic coffee...never thought of coffee in that way....because i have mine black like a crow...and no BO
Reviewed by Mari Laureano (Reader) 11/20/2002
exceptionally wry...but there's that bit about spilt milk...hey, there are still some dark lairs about where we can breathe and burn...all night long. Just gotta know where to look ;)**Mari**
Reviewed by jing javier 11/4/2002
very entertaining write. =)
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 10/31/2002
Great humor in this piece. I'm still laughing. And real talent, too.
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 10/30/2002
Loved it all....but that first stanza....well, well, well you Sir get me thinking! Ty, Dani
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 10/30/2002
Ahhh... my dearest Roger.. you are 'playing my tune'.. Phil, Woody, Joan, Bobby, and that other lovely Ochs, Phil (Pleasures of the Harbor?.. ahhh).. we smoked where we sat and floated with that woman of ease.. you have painted a picture I can climb into and sing with.. thank you for a sweet trip back.. I was the one next to you.. I noticed you too..sigh.. how about a duet? tehe. katy. xox.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 10/29/2002
Amusing picture and I enjoyed the written work. I was told once from a friend that he could picture me owning a coffee shop with books,art and music. I can picture me there reading the books, and enjoying the art and music :-) Are there any places like this left? and where?
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 10/29/2002
Glad i only eat the ice cream...hagan daas
Reviewed by Alexander Shaumyan (Reader) 10/29/2002
A lot has changed since the old days of coffee houses. It's gotten too trendy. Well done.
Reviewed by Maria Lupinacci 10/29/2002
Very Good Write!! Enjoyed this very much!

Reviewed by na na (Reader) 10/29/2002
Yes Roger this is a good write. I have beent here before and can't handle it anymore. Bill
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/29/2002
this is good, and i loved the cartoon you used to go along with this poem! love, your friend, karen lynn. (((((HUGS))))) :)
Reviewed by Richard Croft 10/29/2002
You either take your mocha latte, or go outside and smoke a lot heh? As chain habits go, I still say Starbucks is worse than cigarettes -- though I know a lot of people with fake coughs who'd disagree. Nice.
Reviewed by Calendula Petal (Reader) 10/29/2002
I only frequent dark places these days, I am so much better on the eye then.
ahh, play it again Sam......or was it Roger.
enjoyed your memories.
Reviewed by Ed Lupinacci (Reader) 10/29/2002
Bravo this one smoked and i didn't have to go outside
Reviewed by Cathy Montgomery (Reader) 10/29/2002
Enjoyed this...
Reviewed by Josephine Bohen 10/29/2002
wait up i'll join you
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 10/29/2002
Old times in old time places. Enjoyed this, Roger.
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 10/29/2002
I have only had one cup of coffee in my entire life, but I made up for it with the Barbados Rum. Good write.
Reviewed by Ashley Tabor (Reader) 10/29/2002
I guess I have good friends! Interesting write.

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