MTB – What we’re reading out of books & into them – The Coffee Shop


My coffee shop bulges

Crowds crush forward

Standing ten deep they peer

On toes, leaning on shoulders

There’s a man there,

A woman too.

It can’t be can it?

Mr Potter?

Miss Dorothy?

They eye each other over their lattes

Curiosity raises an eyebrow.

‘I’m off to see a wizard,’ says Dorothy

‘You’re in the right place,’ says Harry

The spectators press


A spell

They gasp

His wand is raised

A bolt of lightning

Dorothy’s coffee, refreshed.

A collective ohhhhhhh

Settles over the onlookers

IPhones record the event

Destined for social media.

Harry smiles, Dorothy giggles

They toast each others health.

My cash register runs hot.


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35 Responses to MTB – What we’re reading out of books & into them – The Coffee Shop

  1. Ha ha.. what a great way to get more coffee sold.. like a yellow brick road for real..

  2. claudia says:

    haha…oh that would be quite the show wouldn’t it… i’d love to meet either of them in a coffeeshop… how awesome would that be… and even from different books.. makes it all the more exciting

  3. Bryan Ens says:

    cool take on the prompt…I’ve never considered what might have happened if Dorothy had met a REAL wizard…

  4. Very cute! I’ve never been a Harry Potter fan so it took me a minute. I figured it out when Harry said “You’re in the right place.” Peace, Linda

  5. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Many of us doting seniors were rabid Harry Potter fans; just lit up our inner child, & Dorothy, like Alice before her, lives eternally in our hearts. Who needs a mixed metaphor when you can star-cross characters in a coffee shop; wide smiles.

  6. I like Glenn’s star-crossed comment, very apt. A wonderful bit of whimsy indeed!

  7. Oh Danny Boy says:

    I’m glad I read Harry Potter (at least the first book). You’re a wizard with words!


  8. JackieP says:

    I wouldn’t even mind seeing that, and I’m not one to be star struck. 🙂

  9. Gabriella says:

    “IPhones record the event” – I am sure their friends on Facebook will love this!

  10. Mary says:

    What a memorable event indeed! I am sure it would break some records in the ‘tweet’ department. It must be hard to be a celebrity though. Ha, can’t even get a simple cup of coffee without creating a furor.

  11. Kathy Reed says:

    Fun! This seemed easy for you…perhaps some of us over think and miss the obvious little stories that can be transposed into magic and fantasy ;) our beloved characters with cell phones,

  12. lynn__ says:

    (gasp) “Ohhhhhhh”… i wanna see the photos of Dorothy and Harry together!!

  13. Lyn says:

    Now having someone to refresh your coffee would be wonderful–especially when you get caught up with writing. LOL wish I had a dollar for every cold cup of coffee I’ve finished. This was indeed a lovely touch of whimsy, Michael.

  14. wolfsrosebud says:

    … did like the coffee house… what a great place to meet people

  15. MarinaSofia says:

    Awww! Cute and very amusing! A money-spinner for sure!

  16. This is a fun tale and cleaver too.

  17. susancfl says:

    Great poem and fun to read. Who would think Dorothy and Harry tar-crossed lovers?

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