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Drinks@The Last Cafe Chapter 2

Drinks @ the Last Cafe
The Corporation, you’ll be relieved to hear
is open
ready to take care of your needs
Your Call is Important
While waiting
Don’t Go SOUTH
DON’T move WEST Stay.
We will REbUILD
not as catchy as
Eat Rat  
No Fat  
Perhaps that was the trouble
not all dead at all
they followed the scattered arrays  
grudging giving up just enough   
to power a small lap top
a phone, one oven  
@The Café Perdu
beer and bread
Sam smacked down cigarettes  
the girl – was not for trade. 
Jerry was a poet and a thief
he wanted the girl  
but accepted the pack
she pointed out the label on the pack
smoking causes death
Oh sweetheart. 
Jerry blew smoke from his nose  
staying alive causes death
I saw them, Jerry exchanged
headed south to Orlando
Pushing and Pulling suitcases  
Costco flat carts
packed trucks the whole family
struggling stuff along
whole morning exchanged for one mile
Like the markets   
the Goblins controlled the trains
they worked the coal mines so long – the fuel belonged to the Goblins
Sam smirked. We didn’t consider that.
YOU can lose unwanted POUNDS
in a few weeks.
they were right
losing weight was easy
she could count all her ribs
I would love an airplane Sam said  
to fly, that would be like being a god  
there are no gods she pointed out
Sam kicked the rocks on the asphalt road
still, we need them, the gods, she confirmed
Then make some up,
Sam tired of talking
Some travelers were not thieves  
willing to exchange
a can for safe passage
a cigarette for a story
the girl always took the stories  
@ the Saloon at the End of the Line
a woman shared her huge Goblin apple
her arms were deep red and scarred  
her face spared.
my Frank, he exploded right in front of me – 
a Roman Candle, remember those?
I hardly know what to do with myself
From the dark safe bunkers in the East  
the corporation issued a survey:  
1)  how do you like us so far?
2)  how’s the fall out?
3)  from one to ten do you feel more/less secure  
Ten being very secure
A hacker from Montana usurped the results:
(1) Not Secure At All.
The site disappeared
Too many forgot to vote
This is one of eight chapters of Drinks @ the Last Cafe.
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Catharine Bramkamp is a successful writing coach and author. She has published over 300 newspaper and magazine articles in publications like Modern Maturity (AARP), SF Chronicle and Santa Rosa Magazine. She was a contributor to two Chicken Soup Books and has published anthologies of her work, non-fiction works and novels. Her work has also appeared in a number of poetry and fiction anthologies. She has experimented with the self-publishing world since 2001. She has published and self-published seven books through companies like Author House, author assist companies like 3L Publishing and through traditional publishers like Write Life. Her poetry collection, Ammonia Sunrise, will be released in August 2011 by Finishing Line Press and her mystery novel, In Good Faith will be released by Write Life in 2011. Catharine holds a BA in English from UCSB and a MA in English from Sonoma State University. She is a 25 year member of California Writer’s Club. She is an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix. She works with authors of both fiction and non-fiction to make their dream of producing a book come true. For more information on that, visit her at Catharine has lived in Sonoma County for 25 years and considers wine a food group. She is married to an adorable and very patient man who complains he’s never featured in any of her books. Her grown children who are featured in a few of her books have fled the county.

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