The poem I wrote at the Caffè Trieste

While renewing my commitment to light verse!

The woman with the yellow cheek, oil pastel by William Eaton, Radio Bean, Burlington, VT, Oct 2018
The woman with the yellow cheek, oil pastel by William Eaton, Radio Bean, Burlington, VT, Oct 2018

Abigail and Susie

You’d best shake a leg, eh?

Your coffee’s a coolin’

At the Caffè Trieste.

 

Abigail and Susie

Give you guidebooks a rest, eh?

Your food it is ready

At the Caffè Trieste.

 

Abigail and Susie

Of you we pray

Tomorrow’s selfies’ll look like today’s

If you still patronize the Caffè Trieste.

 

Abigail and Susie

Your numbers are up at the Caffè Trieste

You’re getting too famous and

This poetry . . . oy vay!

 

Abigail and Susie

Don’t let your pastries rot away

The sun’s blessed the windows

It’s no time for a siest-é

They’re crying for you at the Caffè Trieste!

 

— Poem and drawing by William Eaton

∩ The Caffè Trieste, established in 1956 in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, was the West Coast’s first espresso coffee house. It became a meeting place for Beat movement poets and prose writers such as Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Alan Watts, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Richard Brautigan, Bob Kaufman, Gregory Corso, Michael McClure, Kenneth Rexroth and Neeli Cherkovski.

Is there a connection between light verse and coffee? See The Ballad of Don and Dee.

 



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