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

26 thoughts on “Observations

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

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