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Social Butterflies at the Latte Da Cafe

Updated on July 21, 2013
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Walking into my favorite coffee bar

my friends faces all light up.

They send their greetings

and my screen lights up.

At my favorite table with my BFF’s

we mouth electric cigarettes

and simultaneously we all light up,

chatting conversing crescendos

as evidenced by the tapping and clicking;

“Have you heard the one about…”, starts the joke

and the room erupts in laughter

click click, tap tap, rub swipe and poke

LOL LMAO LMFAO ROFL!!

Grins glow on our faces

crouched over smart phones and pads

texting tweeting like pecking birds,

social butterflies silently fluttering

wings swiping screens…

An old stranger saunters in

and at the counter he orders…coffee?...black!!

Total silence fills a brief moment

and then the air erupts with electric exclamation!

Coffee...and plain did he say?

Unreal, unbelievable, unheard of, unthinkable!

The stranger occupies a booth across from me

I see him from my peripheral

from where I am crouched over my pad.

My eyes glance up for such a brief second

and I catch his eye.

He smiles and…speaks!!!

“Hello!”

You could have heard a touchpad pen drop.

I want to reply, but he has no device

so I’m forced to submit to primitive means;

into the silent dead air I open my mouth and strain,

H…He…Hello!

OMG, I did it!

The room explodes in congratulatory clicks,

GJ…WTG!

The strain has left me parched, and my mouth is dry

so I order an iced MochaLatteCappuccinoMelange,

My world is right again as I drink through my straw

that my hands may be free to continue

my discourse with my fellow social butterflies,

When I arrive home that night…my place of recharging…

I am afflicted with a terrible kink in my neck

but my new girl is gifted with the great ability

to massage with one hand, and message with the other.

OMG, she’s a keeper!






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    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      thank you very much James.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I appreciate your visit Jennifer.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much jhamann

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      Tijani Achamlal 

      5 years ago from Morocco

      Beautiful funny tale.I loved it! good work

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      ocfireflies 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Wayne! I could not resist when I saw her hairstyle. It just look like the wild and crazy firefly nut I am.

      Smiles,

      Kim

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Kim. Love the new Pic!

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Kathryn, I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and I appreciate the share!

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      Jennifer 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      There is a grin on my face as I read this! What an original take on our life of today! I love your phrasing as always! Thanks for sharing! (I mean typing)

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      5 years ago from Reno NV

      Excellent portrayal of our modern lifestyles, I am sharing here and on facebook! Jamie

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      ocfireflies 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      OMG! This poem is a keeper. This is pure excellence! V++/Shared.

      So many great lines. Such a great tale. Just absolutely perfect.

      Did I mention just how much I love this?

      Best to you my oh so clever friend,

      Kim

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      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is absolutely hilarious! I love it. As if talking and ordering unpretentious (plain) coffee is unheard of! Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful day.

      Voted up and sharing.

      ~ Kathryn

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks, Beth.

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      Beth37 

      5 years ago

      Haha, I loved that. What a mess we are.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Colin! I hope your welcome is warm because your spring has finally sprung.

      very warm wishes to you and your furry felines from the Gulf of Mexico's shores!

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      Anyplace that has you in it , Sir Wayne, is a keeper , and this cafe sounds so much fun too. Thank you for fabulous wit and social satire and the lovely ending as well - she is a lucky girl to have someone you .

      lake erie time ontario canada 4:30pm and sending you warm wishes and good energy from Colin and his cats

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Wayne and voted up for sure.

      Eddy. !!

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Audrey.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Lol. An alternate title...

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Loved this Wayne!

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Rasma. And happy belated Easter to you a well.

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      David Charles 

      5 years ago from New York

      sociologically detrimental child

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and funny. Just delightful. You know I'll have to say something to hear if anything comes out. Always at my PC and interacting with all of my HP and FB friends. Loved your clever poem. Hope you had a Happy Easter.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Happy Easter, Wayne!

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, bravewarrior...and Happy Easter! ( : =

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Too funny! And, unfortunately, too true!!

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I'm glad you enjoyed it, Becky. Thanks for the visit.

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      Becky Katz 

      5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Wonderfully funny. I caught my 12 year old daughter sitting next to a friend in church, texting each other. My kids tell me I am a dinosaur because it takes me ten minutes to do a simple text. Oh well, guess they are going to have to talk to me.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, sweety!

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      Erika 

      5 years ago

      Lol, very good, Dad and what truth it tells about the world today. I am still way behind though just using a very old classic cell phone that does nothing but make calls and text, and for internet I use a laptop! I know you have an ipad, Dad, even you are more advanced with technology than I am! A little girl in the hospital waiting room was told she could play games on their computer, and she looked at it funny and said, that's not a computer! It was just a classic old computer on a desk, she had no idea how to use it and didn't believe it was a computer!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks, Beth. Glad you enjoyed it!

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      bizarrett81 

      5 years ago from Maine

      That was sooo funny but at the same time a realistic view of how it is today!!

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      : ) Thank you, Billy!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....I am literally laughing out loud. Great humor, Wayne!

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