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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Uncle Shoeless


white socks
with blue patches
on the toes
and the heels

feet resting
comfortably
in the bookshelf
a nodding
white-gray head

pair of reading
glasses resting on
a crooked nose
stuck between
the pages
of a book

title I can’t
quite make out
something about
battles or weapons

very historical
manly sort of
paper-back book
thick with pages
and very small print

cup of coffee
on the table
red shirt in an
even redder chair
filled with a
blue-jeaned seat
and twisted
to face the corner

eyes wander from
the printed page
to the empty space
in the middle of this
busy coffee shop

I wonder what brings
a man like him
into a this public place
where he finds comfort
in a cup of coffee
in stocking feet

in the corner
of a book shelf
of a room
of a book
of a rainy
Friday afternoon

I smile and
imagine Shel
Silverstein saying
“Come Uncle Joe
relax in my chair
stick your feet here
in the bookshelf
there’s a space between
the board games
and the travel books

make yourself
at home here
and while you’re at it
have another
cup of coffee

it’s so good
to see you
it’s so good
to welcome you
here, to the coffee
shop on the corner


TLS, June 2008

1 comment:

Childlife said...

You sure have a knack of discovering the most fascinating coffee shops -- but then, most things are fascinating once they have been transcribed by your pen ;)

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