Gas Station Coffee

Convenience store

clerks head nod

there you are

how they know me

so far from Central California?

bright lights

late for work

but these words snakecharm

“Select”

and

“Premier”

a hot cup

for less than a dollar

it’s not bad.

Pam works the night shift,

in an hour she’ll leave

to take her daughter to school

and I only know

because she talks loud

putting me in her business.

New guy

Who is you?

looks around

looks lost

looks like Edward James Olmos

but a Boise version

asks if there’s any decaffeinated coffee

Serio?

I huff, hoity-toity

wearing my gas station coffee snobbery

like a native.

The image “coffee time” by Lindsey Turner is made available via Creative Commons license CC BY 2.0. Changes to the image were not made.