Written by Galya Dimitrova @ Cherry Tree Verses


On a very hot day at the station café

a woman came in with face sweaty and grey.

She looked feeble in an old-fashioned beige dress.

She was under hot stress and her hair – hot mess.

She kept talking about how she was going to faint.

The barista’s eyes were full of mock and disdain.

He handed her a cup of water he filled from the drain.

She downed it hoping to release the swallowing pain.

“Is there anything else I can do for you today?”

“I’m afraid I have no money to pay.

I have no one to call and nowhere to go.

I’m not boarding a train, I’m just here alone.

I don’t know if I’m sick, I don’t know what to do.

I should maybe go sit down somewhere to cool”

As she was walking away, the cup fell to the ground.

Few drops of the water splashed noiselessly round.

The barista was brewing a fresh batch of coffee.

That she wasn’t there he’d not even noticed.

As after handing the cup, he turned back to his shelf

and all that she said was not to him, but herself.


Text © Galya Dimitrova



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