Girl at Cafe


May 11, 2017 by Ray Yanek


She sits, steady,

elbow on the wrought-iron table,

chin resting on her palm.


She is alone,

legs crossed under the table,

foot bouncing in the air.

A shoe dangling from her toe.  


She hears music on the breeze

Tempos in the clouds

She smells jasmine in the exhaust of passing cars.

And promise in the scent of her wine-stained lips.   


On the sidewalk, lovers pass

Fingers entwined


Staring at diamonds reflecting off the whitecaps in each other’s eyes.


A crack in the sidewalk

The stumble of the lover, the panic of the other

He catches her, maybe she catches him

And the laughter returns, peeking out from its hole.


And all the while

She sits steady,

elbow on the table,

chin resting on her palm.



5 thoughts on “Girl at Cafe

  1. RedheadedBooklover says:

    Hi there ! I never normally do this but I had to comment and tell you how much I adore your blog! I just came across it now and I am so happy I have, it is so wonderful and you truly have a great blog. I am going to follow you so I can keep up to date with all of your latest posts. Keep up the great work!

    • Ray Yanek says:

      Thank you so much! You have no idea how much that means, and can’t wait to come check out your blog!

      • RedheadedBooklover says:

        Aww you are so welcome! You have a wonderful blog. Do you have Twitter or Instagram? I just made accounts and would love to follow you!

  2. A wonderful poem, Ray. Beautifully descriptive. I particularly like the eloquent commas.

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