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

statement

not a question

I nod

Writer?

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

Welcome

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

Home

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25th November 2017 – Come Sit With Me – In the Go Dog Go Tree Top Café- Gina/Singledust

Gina/Singledust re-emerges at the Go Dog Go Cafe and reminds us beautifully what it means to be a community of writers.

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bty at my poetry club we spend time over November poems and hot coffee

“Sometimes, people can go missing right before our very eyes. Sometimes, people discover you, even though they’ve been looking at you all the entire time. Sometimes, we lose sight of ourselves when we’re not paying enough attention. We all get lost once in a while, sometimes by choice, sometimes due to forces beyond our control. When we learn what it is our soul needs to learn, the path presents itself. Sometimes we see the way out but wander further and deeper despite ourselves; the fear, the anger or the sadness preventing us returning. Sometimes we prefer to be lost and wandering, sometimes it’s easier. Sometimes we find our own way out. But regardless, always, we are found.”

― Cecelia Ahern, A Place Called Here

It’s been awhile since I posted in the café and I have missed…

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We are Live! Open Mic Night at the Go Dog Go Cafe #openmicgodoggo

Open Mic at the Go Dog Go Cafe. New and experienced writers encouraged to participate.

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Welcome to the Go Dog Go Cafe’s second Open Mic Night, today, Friday, September 8th.  This is your opportunity to share your writing at the Go Dog Go Cafe and we hope many of you will participate.!

How to participate:

  • Write a piece of poetry, prose or flash fiction under 750 words that you would like to share at the Go Dog Go Cafe
  • Link back to this post
  • Publish the piece on your blog by 11:59 pm PDT on Friday, September 8th
  • In the reply section below, leave a link for your posted piece (we will gather them up for reposting on Go Dog Go
  • Visit the Go Dog Go Cafe and show your love and respect for the other Open Mic pieces posted
  • Enjoy!

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Next Open Mic Night at the Go Dog Go Cafe: Friday, September 8, 2017

Open Mic Night coming up at the Go Dog Go Cafe. . .

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The Go Dog Go Cafe will be holding its next Open Mic Night on Friday, September 8th.  We want to share YOUR writing!

How to participate:

  • Write a piece of poetry, prose or flash fiction under 750 words that you would like to share at the Go Dog Go Cafe
  • Link back to this post
  • Publish the piece on your blog by 11:59 pm PDT on Friday, August 25th
  • In the reply section below, leave a link for your posted piece (we will gather them up for reposting on Go Dog Go
  • Visit the Go Dog Go Cafe and show your love and respect for the other Open Mic pieces posted
  • Enjoy!

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We are Live! Open Mic Night at the Go Dog Go Cafe #openmicgodoggo

Open Mic Night is live at the Go Dog Go Cafe. Both new and experienced writers are encouraged to share their work.

Go Dog Go Café

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The Go Dog Go Cafe is holding its first Open Mic Night, today, Friday, August 25th.  We want to share YOUR writing!

How to participate:

  • Write a piece of poetry, prose or flash fiction under 750 words that you would like to share at the Go Dog Go Cafe
  • Add the hashtag #openmicgodoggo
  • Publish the piece on your blog by 11:59 pm PDT on Friday, August 25th
  • In the reply section below, leave a link for your posted piece (we will gather them up for reposting on Go Dog Go
  • Visit the Go Dog Go Cafe and show your support by reading and commenting on the Open Mic pieces posted

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Announcing Open Mic Night at the Go Dog Go Cafe #openmicgodoggo

Stop by the Go Dog Go Cafe this Friday for its first Open Mic Night. Both new and experienced bloggers are welcome to share their work in a warm supportive community of writers.

Go Dog Go Café

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The Go Dog Go Cafe will be holding its first Open Mic Night on Friday, August 25th.  We want to share YOUR writing!

How to participate:

  • Write  piece of poetry, prose or flash fiction under 750 words that you would like to share at the Go Dog Go Cafe
  • Add the hashtag #openmicgodoggo
  • Publish the piece on your blog by 11:59 pm PDT on Friday, August 25th
  • In the reply section below, leave a link for your posted piece (we will gather them up for reposting on Go Dog Go
  • Visit the Go Dog Go Cafe and comment on the Open Mic pieces posted

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What is Poetry?- Davy D./Go Dog Go Cafe

Davy D’s questions on the Go Dog Go Cafe always make me think and often inspire me to write. What do YOU think Poetry is?

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What is poetry blog

We got a good vibe going in the café last week with the question, Are you a Poet? ,and I was amazed and loved reading the poetic responses. This week I am going to try and keep the vibe going by taking things a step further back and asking, “What is Poetry?

I posed the question on my personal blog nearly a year ago and it is still the most read and commented on post. Despite all the responses I am still no further forward in being able to define what poetry is.

Standard dictionary definitions show poetry as;

1. The art or craft of writing verse.
2. Literature written in meter; verse.
3. Prose that resembles a poem in some respect, as in form or sound.
4. Poetic qualities, spirit or feeling in anything.

Does this take us any further forward? Maybe the suggestion around poetic qualities, spirit…

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Poetry

A response poem to Davy D’s question What Is Poetry? on the Go Dog Go Cafe


it is a stir

an ache

rising from my core

growing in urgency

pushing to my surface

gasping hungrily for air

sitting impatiently on my tongue

black pearl

ruby

tear shaped diamond

waiting

for hand to grasp pen

fingers to touch keys

truth to be unleashed

an explosion of my soul

made visible

in black ink

 

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