A Café Moment

Author: • June 4, 2018 • Poems

Their voices gnaw

at me from the corner.

I give in to the dirty thrill –

eavesdrop on their English.


Two young girls gushing with potential,

adventures and life goals.


I also tossed about those delicious

moments of indecision

at my first view of the world:

to travel, to work or attend college.

All the world my playground

until reality threw the dice

left me scrambling.


Their youth crackles against my skin,

constant chatter, vigour.


I want to savour standing still,

focus once again on myself,

if only for this stolen hour

crammed between meeting and school run.

Ignore the wave of guilt

for longing to be more.


I overfill this small pocket of time,

step outside to a birch fire,

swirling snow and reindeer hides.

White bark curls, sings and hisses.


Shivering, I never saw Finland coming.

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About the Author

Author: Gerry Stewart

Country of residence: Finland

Nationality: American

Mother tongue: English

Gerry Stewart is a poet, creative writing tutor and editor. Born in the US, she has lived in Europe for over 25 years in Norway, Greece, Scotland and now Finland. Her poetry explores the disparity in finding her identity in places she doesn’t necessarily belong. Her collection Post-Holiday Blues was published by Flambard Press, UK in 2008. Her writing blog can be found at http:/thistlewren.blogspot.fi/

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