Crooked Café

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I used to hate this part of town
After London
it felt like stepping back in time
as if all our momentum to the capital 
had been lost
these shops with their hand-painted signs
I didn’t recognise the names
they’re not triplicated on every high street

And now I sit
in the Crooked Café
the waitress always tries to remember my ‘usual’
but I love that she never quite gets it right
gives us something to laugh about
breaks the ice
as I sit alone and eat
drink my tea and sketch my little lines

The walls adorned
with guitars and records 
someone really loves the eighties
the food is good
the best I’ve found ‘round here
the perfect way to start a Saturday 
it’s always busy
people drinking tea and talking through their lives
there’s material everywhere
for a writer-thief like me

I drift down the lanes 
between the crooked dwellings
past out-houses, slate roofs, shared yards
neat boxes all pushed so close together
clinging to the hills
I’ve learned to love this feeling
just absorb the history
let the thinning shadow of industry
that’s still cast across this city
seep into me

But for now
I sit by the window
stare out into the old street
feel the season a little more keenly
so grateful to have found my peace here
where I can stop and think
and write my little lines...


◄ Born To Muse

House On The Edge of Town ►


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Sun 17th Nov 2019 10:27

Thanks for the comments and likes everyone. There's nothing like discovering magic in the everyday.

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Don Matthews

Fri 15th Nov 2019 21:21

I lived in England for a few years and it was the 'crookedness' of everything that I got to love. In my hometown in Australia everything is 'straight' and clinical. However I came across Hillbillys, a 'crooked' cafe like yours, Bohemian sort of feel. A good place for inspiration....


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Fri 15th Nov 2019 19:05

Hi Tom
I loved this. I think it's amazing when you can find a place that there's not loads of in every high street too.

Plus the kind of friendly customer service reflected in this Poem always makes me want to revisit a place like this and spend time there

Rare places nowadays, but they're still in existence. Just.

Great Poem

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 15th Nov 2019 16:30

Adaptability is the secret of success - no truer words ever devised - and their truth here for us in pleasing fashion.

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