Monday, September 29, 2014

High School Students in the Coffee Shop

High School Students in the Coffee Shop, Sunday Afternoon

The students gather in the shop—
They fill the tables—all.
So I slump in an easy chair
Along the eastern wall.

Computers glow—the smart phones too.
And drinks of every kind
Distributed on tabletops
While kids do what’s assigned.

Their fingers dance on keyboard keys—
I hear Hi-Liters squeak
As they mark passages that they’ll
Remember—or critique.

The conversations drift a bit—
From school to friends and such.
But when they speak of youth’s New World,
I just don't get too much.

It’s hopeful, seeing earnestness
Among the very young.
They’re singing to the world the songs
That youth has always sung.

When Robert uses words like juxtapose,
I feel like socking Robert in the nose.

Shakespeare Couplet:  Romeo and Juliet (4)

And Romeo, in love, has come to learn
That Rosalind chose not to love but spurn. (1.1)

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