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The Strange People You Meet At Starbucks, Told Through Poems(ish)

Includes two brothers fighting over a phone and a man on his quest for a sugar-free caramel macchiato with cream. Just another day at the coffee house, amirite?
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Contrary to popular opinion, Carrie Bradshaw is my least favourite of the Sex and the City quartet. (I’m more of a Miranda. Carrie is the worst.) Still, like so many writers, I enjoy having a Carrie Bradshaw moment, typing away on my laptop at a coffee house, a venti chamomile tea by my side and the world going by. Unfortunately, the real scenario is not always so picturesque.

Everyone loves Starbucks, right? Everyone can do with a mid-day pick-me-up. So, Starbucks naturally becomes one of those places where everyone goes to, the kind of place where you meet all sorts of people, coming through to get themselves a coffee or a tea, bagel or muffin. A mini melting pot, if you will.

When you have a place like that, you occasionally come across interesting characters, some far more “interesting” than others, note the quotation marks. Like two boys roughhousing each other over a phone. Or, a strapping young man who orders a caramel macchiato – with cream! – but somehow doesn’t want sugar in his beverage. Or, two very chatty teenage girls who literally gave me hives. I kid you not.

Most of my Starbucks afternoons are uneventful, but once in a blue moon – read: procrastinating and looking around instead of keeping my eyes glued to my laptop – someone comes in to shake things up a bit. I picked five of such instances and squeezed them into sort-of poems, just for fun. (I do apologise to all the poetry mavens out there for my complete lack of poetry skills.)

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