Pete's Coffee and Tea
by Duncan Carranza

A couple deep in conversation and deep in love
Talk about the future and decisions
While the young lady with a face too pale for California
But hair the color of pure energy
Glazes the scone for the sweaty old jogger in the back, panting, by his cappuccino,
(Given to him by that foxy female barista) while singing, loudly and out of tune,
With the Nat King Cole love song
Being played by the little speakers
Next to the glass cookie case
Which is covered by small fingerprints of a three year old girl
Dressed in scarlet, with a Tigger bonnet on
(the kind where the ears stick out)
The little girl paws at the case in desperation
The couple looks at the child, so sweet and innocent, and they sigh
"Do you want to start a family?" the husband asks
As the little girl throws herself upon the ground
Futilely beating her fists on the crystal barrier
Which separates her from sweet goodness
The wife responds
As she looks at the cookie monster
"Maybe we should wait a while"

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Poem Copyright 1999 by Duncan Carranza


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