Changing of the guard

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Long wool coats, soft leather gloves,

They meet at the café,

commandeering an improvised conference area,

perpendicular to the alcove, not quite in, not quite out.

Not a smile among them, quite sincere business matters discussed,

because of course, Business Matters.

After having hijacked not only the alcove but also the atmosphere,

They arise abruptly at 8:13am, donning those coats and gloves,

ascots and fedoras. Chatting professionally as they adjourn

to the frigid Main Street, banks, and law offices.


The rest of us remain. In our sweatshirts, snow boots,

hand-knit pussy hats and baseball caps.

We exhale, relieved to have the neighborhood hangout back to normal.

About Bobbie Herron

I sit here in my loft studio, surrounded by watercolor brushes and paints, fountain pens, sketchbooks, journals- wanting more than anything to write and paint at the same time. I am the fourth generation of journal-keeping women, starting in 1862, and I have read their words and between their lines. This blog was inevitable: thoughts on the unsung glory of women whose lives were recorded and transformed through their writing and art.
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4 Responses to Changing of the guard

  1. Maggie Butler says:

    Really captures the atmosphere! Glad I’ve been there to have a feel for the space!

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  2. Dana says:

    Like Maggie I’ve been there and can picture the surrounds. I’m the one tucked in the corner nursing my large dark roast! … oh gee! I didn’t make it into the sketch… next time.

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