Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Robert Moyer: Hungarian Pastry Shop

Butterflies and brioche, cinnamon raisin rolls and creamcheese Danish, hammentaschen and croissants, still in patient rows on pans behind the counter, waiting for an Eastern European girl to slip one onto a plate, turning my first name into an inflected query—“Bahb?”—delivering the pastry with a cup of caffeine and whipped cream from an exotic origin—Hungarian, Viennese, Russian. Intellectual crumbs collected at local colleges fall out of conversations around the room, some splayed on the bathroom wall celebrating dead philosophers, excoriating live politicians, all fueled by the bottomless pot of coffee on the burner in the center of the room. Every now and then a blast of cold air makes its way through the door to the back of the room, as the Shop’s legion of customers parades in and out under the red and white striped awning, the lettering faded now.
a man and woman
at our old table
not touching

by Robert Moyer
Winston-Salem, North Carolina


Roberta Beary said...

Good one, Bob. I can taste the coffee and the pastry and sense the air of mystery. The haiku is very well done. Just right.

Ričardas said...

Tasty piece of creation. I enjoyed reading it.

Carol said...

Bob, this is wonderful! You paint such a vivid picture in our minds. I have several Hungarian friends who will enjoy reading it.
Well done!