poetic journeys: bookstore café

Bookstore Café

hazelnut coffee
billows in bustling air
amidst savvy words

espresso machine
roars, steel drums muffle chatter,
register stutters

truffle swirls around my tongue,
lush, lovely lava

dry pages flutter
in my chapped fingers, dimpled
cardboard hugs the cup

books cluster on shelves,
like bright-clad schoolgirls huddled
whispering secrets

*April 26, 2001*


bookstore cafe


“POETRY” Invitation:  I invite you to write a poem of any poetic form on your own blog about a particular travel destination.  Or you can write about travel in general. Concentrate on any intention you set for your poetry.

In this case, I wrote a poem for an assignment in a poetry class called Five Senses “Haiku.”  The title had to be a real physical place we were describing.  Then we were to write a poem in five stanzas of three lines each.  Each stanza was to be dedicated to one of the five senses (sight, taste, touch, hearing, smell).  The total syllable count of each stanza was not be more than 17 syllables.  We could choose to arrange the syllables within the stanza in any order we liked (3/5/3, 5/3/5, 2/4/6, etc.).

In this case, I managed to keep each stanza to 17 syllables or less, but my stanzas were not uniform.  I had: 5/6/5 (16); 5/7/5 (17); 4/7/5 (16); 5/7/5 (17); 5/7/5 (17).

You can either set your own poetic intentions, or use one of the prompts I’ve listed on this page: writing prompts: poetry.  (This page is a work in process).  You can also include photos, of course.

Include the link in the comments below by Thursday, April 4 at 1:00 p.m. EST.  When I write my post in response to this challenge on Friday, April 5, I’ll include your links in that post.

This will be an ongoing invitation, on the first Friday of each month. Feel free to jump in at any time. 🙂

I hope you’ll join in our community. I look forward to reading your posts!

the ~ wander.essence ~ community

I invite you all to settle in and read a few posts from our wandering community.  I promise, you’ll be inspired. 🙂

  • Jude, of Travel Words, takes us along on a road trip from Cornwall to her home in Ludlow in a poem that slows and speeds and slows again, bringing the passing landscape to life.

Thanks to all of you who wrote poetic posts following intentions you set for yourself. 🙂