First Timer

Response poem to S Francis’s (SailorPoet) poem In the Cafe  All are welcome at the Go Dog Go Cafe

I stand getting wet in cold rain

watching through plate glass windows

edges fogged

rendering the scene inside

a soft feathered oval

Aroma of coffee

faint but distinct

drifts past my nose

Feeling a bit shy and tentative

I approach the door

pull it open

to the sound of a cheerful bell

I am greeted by steamy warmth

that fogs my glasses

intriguing smells

hum of lively conversation

A few patrons

look up at me with curiosity

as I approach the counter

I intend only to order coffee

but impulsively add a scone

enticingly calling from the glass case

The barista smiles as she hands me my order

my change

You’re new around here


not a question

I nod


I nod again

then add Poet

She points to a large wooden table

toward the front of the café

full of laughter

easy conversation

Steve, can you find a chair for a newcomer?

the barista calls from behind the counter

Before I can respond

everyone good naturedly

rearranges themselves

to accommodate an empty chair

I nod my thanks at the barista

before approaching the table

coffee and pastry in hand

I am greeted with warm open smiles

A tall man in the center

gestures to the now empty chair next to him


he says as I put down my food

absorb the introductions

my shyness fades as

I take my seat

seamlessly included

in the conversation

as if I am an old friend

who has been away

I mentally sigh


© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All rights Reserved


  1. Really 👍 nice.
    I visit a beautiful coffee shop every Thursday evening in Dublin. Your photo of that cup of latte is designed exactly like the one I enjoy with my new friends every Thursday evening.
    Reminded of yesterday evening.
    Love Mo

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  2. Oh My God, Christine!!! Just finished listening to Your audio recording of this!! I just Love It, Love It!! Can’t believe You recorded this for Me??? Have I told You lately that I love You as the Sweetest Friend ever??? You are such a Sweetheart to do this for Me, and Your other followers too! You are making me want to dive into Your work sooner than planned!! Written and audio are so fantastic! As I listened I could actually visualize this as a video too with all the coffee shop background noises! Bellissimo Christine, Bellissimo!!! On the other hand, I’m thinking if I wait a bit longer I will have more of Your work to read and consider? Hmm? Choices. Ha!!! Gold Stars and Hearts to You My Dear!!!

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