The Siren Call of the Coffee Shop

The Siren Call of the Coffee ShopI could not resist the siren call of the coffee shop. As the bus sped down the street without me. I looked down at my watch. Fifteen minutes till the next bus. An eternity for an impatient Type-A personality like me. It was cold outside, and I did not want to stand around in the icy northern wind. The coffee shop was right there. I could see the bus coming from the patio. Even if I didn’t want any coffee, the coffee shop would provide some respite from the cold.

I walked in and took a seat. Stifling a yawn, I thought about the last night’s sleep. I recalled tossing and turning till way after midnight. Before I realized what I was doing, I found myself standing in line at the counter. Like an addict in an opium den, I had lost all my rational judgment. Then again, it was only coffee. There were a lot less benevolent addictions I could have.

As I boarded the next bus, I realized that, of all the addictions in the world, coffee is one of the tamest. Besides, I can’t think of anything better on a cold day after I’ve missed the bus.

Steve Lovelace

Steve Lovelace is a writer and graphic artist. After graduating Michigan State University in 2004, he taught Spanish in Samoa before moving to Dallas, Texas. He blogs regularly at

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