Friday, April 29, 2011

National Poetry Month 2011 Big Time Catch-Up, Day #28: When the Bicyclists Take Over Starbucks

when the bicyclists
take over Starbucks

they're all thigh muscles
and calf muscles
and leotards

and loud conversations
about breathing control

and nobody has the heart
to tell them they're inside now
and they don't have to yell anymore

they scrape tables together
because they come in the dozens
I'm telling you

with their "Are you using this chair?"

all butt sweat
and sunglasses on their foreheads

everywhere the baristas look
another grabby peddler

and maybe now they understand
how Ma and Pa Coffeeshop feel
when they look at Starbucks

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