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Larry Schug


Not noticing how the waitresses look at each other,
roll their eyes as I seat myself

on an empty chair at an empty table,
not knowing I’ve innocently sat
at the  “Regular’s table” in the local café,
just before the first “Regular”
reaches for his usual chair,
sits down beside me, doesn’t say a word,
as if I’m just a misplaced salt shaker,
when the second “Regular” sits down,
then the third, the fourth, the fifth.
They all begin talking at the same time;
no one says a word to me or gives me a glance,
and I finally get the hint, get up, head to the counter,
wondering on which stool I should sit
as I watch as the “Regular’s table” fills up,
all but the chair where I sat.
A waitress coyly smiles at me, asks if I’d like coffee,
I say, no thanks, I’d rather have a cup of tea.


© by Larry Schug. 
Used with the author’s permission.



Larry Schug is retired after a working life of many different kinds of physical labor. He volunteers as a writing tutor at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University. He's also learning to play the guitar and is branching into creating music to go along with his words. Larry has published eight books of poems and has mostly decided on what to include in a ninth collection, tentatively titled Ripples and Reflections. He lives with his wife and cat near a large tamarack bog in St. Wendel Township, Minnesota.


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Beautiful focus!
Posted 04/25/2017 06:09 PM
CamilleBalla: write this irregular experience well. I like the way you carry it into your request for tea instead of coffee. This poem has inspired me to write - hopefully today. Thanks, Larry.
Posted 04/24/2017 12:28 PM
Janet Leahy:
To feel as insignificant as "a misplaced salt shaker," a great phrase. I like the details in the poem. Thanks Larry.
Posted 04/24/2017 08:14 AM

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