The Coffee Shop

By Angie Shen

It looks so cold outside!
Freshly brewed coffee stirs the air warm
Fabric couches, wooden desks
Women’s artisan earrings, men’s soft-knit Beanie
Lean fingers tapping
A paper on inequality, or heteronormativity

No one notices when he walks in
Last week’s stench in his hair, stains on his coat
Sitting silently in a chair in the corner, blank stare
Until someone turns and looks
He stands and walks out
It’s cold outside

Fabric couches, wooden desks
Women’s matte lipstick, men’s suede boots
Sipping hand brewed latte with rosewater and cardamom
What a cozy little coffee shop!