Danny’s Coffee Shop

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It was 6am in Michigan but only 4am in Phoenix.  Shay was on Michigan time and she’s a fucking morning person,  but she was my house guest so i grunted politely when she woke me up.  We had a quick croissant and iced coffee before heading out.  We were goin’  on a road trip ~ Shay was taking me to Danny’s Coffee Shop in Norman, Oklahoma.  Afterward we were gonna swing by and see Mama Zen and Hedgewitch.

Shay drove her black 1960 Chrysler convertible with a REAL engine in it.  Must be at least a V-12 or V-16.  Man,  that’s a helluva ride!  We had a great time on the road,  but that’s not what I wanna tell you about.  I wanna talk about Danny’s ~ they serve killer coffee { but no donuts,  which I just don’t understand. }

We arrived as the breakfast rush let up and only the regulars were left.  The Succubus { seven feet tall with black wings } was in a corner booth having a cigarette with Danny and the waitress, Denise.  Of  course,  The Queen of  the Vampires { in her black panther form } and the seriously hot Dark-Haired Chick were getting all cuddly in their booth while the kitten Giuseppe Verdi played with the QOTV’s tail.  God was counting her tips at the counter.  Chloe,  the serial murderess with shoes to-die-for,  and Savanna,  the teenage runaway,  were playing canasta in a booth by the door.  The blessed Saint Creola and Vajaysus,  the Girl Savior,  were having a convo about whether or not Savanna would pull her knife outta her boot if  Chloe won.  { She didn’t. }

Shay say  “I’ve come to pay Buddah Moskowitz’s tab.”  Danny said  “I’ll be damned!”  The Dark-Haired Chick stopped petting the QOTV,   and  God whispered  “Will miracles never cease?”  Shay bought a round of  mocha lattes for everyone and we gabbed for a good two hours.  As we were walking out the door amid the  “Goodbye chicas”  and  “Y’all come back now”  and even a few meows,  all the ladies at Danny’s began to laugh.  When they all laugh at once they sound like angels,  Danny’s Coffee Shop angels.

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this is my attempt at a  literary allusion  to the series of  poems set in Danny’s Coffee Shop  written by Shay aka Fireblossom at  Shay’s Word Garden.  Shay wrote an amazing poem  “Buddah Moskowitz Invades Fireblossom’s Dreams”  in which she received a package from the real poet,  Buddah Moskowitz.  in the poem,  Shay bought a car and came to Arizona to visit me.  my tale picks up where Shay’s ended.  ALL of  the characters at  Danny’s Coffee Shop are the creation of  Shay aka Fireblossom and are used here with her permission.  Mama Zen  and  Hedgewitch  are two real poets who have appeared at Danny’s Coffee Shop.  you can find the series  HERE.  my gratitude to Shay!  i’m just sorry i couldn’t do her characters justice.  the final sentence is a direct quote from one of  Shay’s poems.  ©Shay Caroline Simmons aka Fireblossom

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images are from  ‘Shay’s Word Garden’

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originally posted  16 November 2012

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