My spoon circles the coffee
Breaking cinnamon art
Allowing foam to sit on my tongue
savouring creamy sweet
The melodious French voice
wafts over raisin toast and latte
Speaking fluently, her hands twist
and turn gracefully as she speaks
In days past I knew him
robust, a giant of a man
His height a commanding presence
I called him teddy bear, back then
always cuddly, always smiling
Family friend with softly spoken words
The laminate table shares the bowl
of hot chips, breakfast or is it lunch
no time frame for pensioners
Combinations of the young walk past
Stripes and spots
leopard print with lemon
The beast would cringe
The elderly man comes closer in view
His walker supporting his limping body
frail and thin, head of grey, brown corduroys
Sunken cheeks, no smile
Recognition in the moment, a familiar face
teddy bear feebly steps
Madame pulls out her compact straightens her fringe
Chips are air blown cool between them and
he walks slowly past
Copyright JMTacken 16.7.14
Hmm my fav pastime. I envisioned the scene Jen, very comfortable yet detailed. Teddy Bear sounds like a heartfelt memory and I love … The melodious French voice…
Tres Superb Mon Ami xxxx
Thank you darling. I don’t do this often enough, just sat at Knox and wrote what I saw, it helps to get ‘out’ it seems and I wanted to get away from what I have been writing. Merci ma Belle xxx
Really enjoyed this Jenny. I too could picture the scene. 🙂
Thank you so much Jade ~ smiles
amazing how time catches up to us…and brings the greatest of us to a humbling place…it equalizes…and we have to roll with it….
Very true words Bri, thank you for reading and I for one keep rolling.
you have painted such a picture with your wistful words, i feel as though i am sitting in the room with these lovelies for whom time has slowed.
Thank you Beth, I feel I should step outside more often to write, at least that way I’m not centred on what’s happening closer around me. Glad you felt them. xx
Oh, I thought maybe you’d gone to visit someone at a senior’s residence. Still you’ve painted a clear picture of aged bodies and the passage of time.
Thank you Tess, no not an aged care facility but the local large shopping centre. Smiles x
The old man is so real. Awesome image. ❤ ❤ ❤
Aww ma darlin that’s coz he was xx
Lovely observations Jenny, sounds all too familiar but you have captured it beautifully.
Very familiar Michael, but thank you for your kind words.
I love watching people as much as I love reading your poerty of people-watching 😀
You are always was too kind, but I thank you for being so darling xxx
I felt like I was sitting outside of a cafe. It’s a breezy day. There people worth watching. Faces with stories. I loved this.
I am so happy that you loved it Col, thank you, were outside a cafe but inside a shopping centre. Smiles x
This was quite imaginative and interesting, too. Jen, you have a way of putting ‘heart’ into all you write, whether it is personal or strangers! Smiles, Robin
Robin, that is very sweet of you, I try to put my heart into every piece I write, so I am glad you found it in this. Smiles x
Powerful.. or may be that is not the right word. Your words are piercing and reminding us of the essential truth.The setting in the initial words is sweet and then, it goes real…
Nicely done.. well-penned.
I am so glad you picked up on the first stanza then leading to the balance…but then again you are clever ~ smiles. Thank you anmol
What a great idea to take the pen and paper…or the iPad (wink) and go observe and write. This was magical, Jen. I was there with you.
Finger to keypad on notes on phone..but close darling, thank you so very much xx
Appreciated ~ thank you darling. xx