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Solo

 Solo

Blinking away caffeine minutes
And hours
With the deli owls
Sparse and sporadic

Savoring the solitude
Of the urban predawn
I watch winter
Convoluted and crystal
Rush the window

The radio unloads
Heavy metal
High volume, howling
Then
Upturned chairs
           the busboy plays counterpoint
           on a Kirby

Purposeful sips
Premeditated
Prolong the leisure
Hunching over the cup
I feel my midnight independence hobbled
           by night’s loneliness
           yet, nonetheless,
Satisfying

— Zumwalt (19 Feb 1979, Washington, DC)

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Comments on: "Solo" (17)

  1. There is a lot to be said for having a cup of good coffee in the company of strangers the comradeship of the lonely. Brilliant poem I can feel the atmosphere and smell the coffee! xx

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  2. love winter “rush” ing the window. continue…

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  3. Tucked inside nice and cozy…with brother Joe, sounds like a party to me…
    Bless You
    paul

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  4. I love the picture you’ve painted here and the use of imagery (auditory, olfactory [well I can smell the coffee] and visuals) as well as the alliteration. I saw myself in the coffee shop 🙂

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  5. my brother came to visit for the weekend and brought his own coffee. he only drinks a certain blend… it was stout, potent and livened up the conversations (~_~)

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  6. love the scene you paint with your words here…can feel it…love the loneliness on one hand yet still satisfying…yes..know how this feels

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  7. Wonderful exposition here of the way post-midnight deli coffeeing can be soothing and comforting and leave us unlonely even when we went there alone. Love the “busboys Kirbying” part–so right on, zummy! I love coffee shops to write in, to plan stuff in my head in. Wonderfully meditative air about delis, I find.

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  8. As Long as the Coffee Brand isn’t…Kopi Luwak…
    Bless You…
    Here’s a tune I’ve been working on for ya…

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  9. beautifully written and expressed! 🙂

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  10. it painted a beautiful picture of leisure and cuppa. i loved to relish my cup of coffee savouring its taste and taste of dreams that came along with it.

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  11. The Dark Knight Soon Arises…one last time…

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  12. Again you’ve truly captured a moment here…I appreciate your unique style: educated and cerebral yet at the same time with creative flow and vision…A talented and seasoned writer, you are, yes indeed.

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  13. Nice and atmospheric, with two of my faves included, coffee and heavy metal! Cheers.

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  14. Magnificently atmospheric.

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  15. hhmmm.. nothing like a good, strong cup of coffee…! Personally i believe i’m addicted to coffee, and this poem right here just increased my longing for it.. absolutely amazing! 😀

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