Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sense Deprivation

"Cafe Central in Vienna" by Andreas Praefcke
As I sit and ponder in this armchair
I can't begin to describe each feature
That surrounds me in this room
Where a gray light glimmers down
Upon my shoulders.

A faint reflection of a tree
Grows upon a mirrored screen
Just behind my self portrait,
It's limbs extend beyond
The spaces that I stand upon.

Before me are mysterious people
Whose chatter I'll listen to;
Not because I deem it alright,
But because it is a subtle delight
To listen to their random words.

Above me I hear the faintest sound
Of a chiming piano key;
It is relaxing and nearly silent
But when one truly listens
It is more than just salient.

Machines relentlessly chatter:
The grinding of coffee beans,
Or the sputter of milk and creamer,
Perhaps even the ice locker,
But they are noises just the same.

In the distance is a foreign land
Full of scripts and discounted mags
Just waiting to be uplifted
From their dust covered shelves
And read, to the bitter end.

People seem to come and go
But what they don't know
Is that I sit here and wonder
What to do in mid-Decmeber?
In a small town cafe.

When my senses are weakened
From the cold sickness
That lingers in my every nerve
Yet my creative spark lingers

To paint a beautiful picture.  

Question: "Have you ever found it hard to write when sick?"


  1. Were you really in a café when you wrote this poem? Because if you were, that's something beautiful about you. Not many people go to cafés these days and observe life happening around. I was instantly reminded of this Starbucks campaign: http://adsoftheworld.com/media/tv/starbucks_date

    Did you use paper and pen or a laptop computer?

    Your description of the slice of life in a café also reminded me of my favorite movie, The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain, which is set in Paris, the main character is a waitress in a very charming café. Can I leave a link for a song in the movie I like very much? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzXoBTvmFmk No matter what, this song makes me instantly happy, I hope it can do the same for you.

    Have you been sick? Because if this is what you produce when you're sick, you're gifted. When I'm sick, I like to lie in bed and chat to friends, and complain about being sick so they spoil me lots. :)

    Have a great day Kenn.


    1. I was indeed in a cafe. It was located in a book store that I visit quite often. They serve the most delicious coffee I've ever tasted. :P

      I used a laptop computer to write down my work. I've caught a bad cold and my energy has been pretty low. So writing on pen and paper was a no go. I would have been making scribbles on the paper that were unintelligible at best.

      I remember watching a French film in a video production class I took a couple years ago called, "Amelie." I wonder if it is the same thing that you mentioned? She too was a waitress in the film. I remember one scene where Amelie was helping people find missing things via a telephone booth. Is this the same movie?

      Writing is my passion and no sickness will take it from me. :)

  2. Yes! We're talking about the same movie!!! I adore French Cinema (and German, and Swedish, and Korean, and Iranian...) Amélie is an adorable heroin and Jean-Pierre Jeunet quite an artful cinemamaker - the man makes really beautiful, magical movies. :)

    I hope you feel better soon.


    1. Thank you for the getting better wishes. It is starting to go away a bit, but still have a hard time talking every once in a while. I feel like Silent Bob right now.


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