Wed, July 9, 1998 at Folsom Coffee Shop

Sitting at counter man with beard
and ponytail
who was here yesterday
here again having homefries eggs over easy (#5)
Large ice tea with two Equals
dressed in work shirt (Russ) with paper
“Beartooth Beer” ball cap—
AH my cherry pie and coffee
at a quarter to eight
just arrived I open one
Grade A Ultra-Pasteurized Homogenized
Half & Half shot container
dump it in    Oh yeah I love my
first morning coffee and hearing “I got sunshi-i-ine
on a cloudy day, when it’s cold outsi-i-ide…” on diner’s AM
When payphone on back wall rings
“Hello…
I need someone who speaks Spanish” She
yells across room to young cook who
answers with hand over ear then, laughing
goes to back room with older man dishwasher
And new couple sits in booth adjacent mine
waitress refills my coffee
I dump another Half & Half
finish pie and think to go to work
early I’ve been leaving early alot

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