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Drinks@the Last Cafe Chapter 6

Drinks @ the Last Cafe


The Florida exodus did not succeed  
wheels lost into potholes the size old cars
tumbling 15 pounds of dried soup
a gallon of mayonnaise
bags of Ikea bolts and screws
Enterprising goblins snatched up the abandoned
selling them again at the trail head.
it will be fine, they assured the new travelers  
each group weaker than before
Buy buy  buy
you will need this mustard gallon
3 kilos cereal, pounds of peanut butter
refugees were felled by hurricanes
how do you feel now?
1)​ deluged
2)​ dehydrated
3) ​disgruntled
4) ​dead
Fantasies hugged the left coast,
nowhere else to go but the grey Pacific
dreams swirled around in the tide
like driftwood
the directors traveled to the beach  
collected – sorted
transforming driftwood and shells
into videos and songs
the hunched man emerged from the bed of a truck
he eyed the girl  
Sam shook his head
I just want to hear the stories  
the old man insisted
tell me yours
the girl pointed to their fire
then I’ll tell you mine  
@ the Timeless Tavern
a young man grinned
his teeth knocked out
the badge of successful terror gang encounters
you were a Letter Man, he accused
Sam nodded.
for a time, he helped the cause
writing out Terrorists to Freedom Fighters  
Hackers to Liberators.
Angry to Righteous; we fight for you
but all we really do
is make noise for ourselves
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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