Street Side cafe
A kaleidoscopic collage of life,
Scurrying around their daily lives.
Seating alone in a street side cafe,
Brown skin, beard and a hooded shirt.
Lady with a head scarf,
Child holding her hand,
Furtive glance, apprehensive,
As she goes out to the street.
Banker, impeccably dressed,
Cell phone to the ear,
Briefcase in hand.
As he hurriedly goes in
For his morning cup of joe.
A packet wrapped in green plastic
Left on a table.
More apprehensive glances.
Roll of newspaper
Left by someone.
Our lives will never be normal.
Suspicion eating us all.
Distant wailing of sirens,
With a heavy heart, step out to sidewalk.
Patrons, breathing a sigh of relief.
Corner from the street side cafe,
Paramedics and police cars,
Some drunk driver has just ran a red light.