Coffee House

We met in a coffee house

As you spoke some unbearable truth

I’m just being ‘brutally honest’ you said

As your words became loose

I sunk into the chair

While you started to snare

Your intentions may have been good

But I promise no pain can compare

I agree with your points

While my cemented tears dry

Even though I had no choice

You made sure this was goodbye

I could of ‘palmed you off to someone else’

This earthquake rung my ears

While you covered your own back

Revealing my greatest doubts and fears

Memories have been tainted

Past lyrics faked

I was so excited to see you

Until you caused me unfair shame

You knew I was hurting

But twisted the knife deep

Right behind my back

A place I couldn’t see

You made me numb to feel

My sanity started to peel

As I told you ‘don’t start’

I now remain a blurry picture of swallowed art

I will never return to that coffee house

Or replay my favourite song

Never again taste that sweet poisoned cinnamon drink

As that’s where it ended

That’s where my heart was tore

Piece by piece

By someone I truly adored


  • Michael Edwards

    I read this almost like a book - it flowed (the mark of a good work) really enjoyed it despite it being a sad read.

    • ShannonXx

      Thank you!

    • Accidental Poet

      Sad and hurtful as it was, you were shown what that person is really like. You deserve better and you will find someone better. I believe in what goes around, will come around. Their time will come when the hurt will be on them. Written with purpose and conviction. Excellent write Shannon. ; )

      • ShannonXx

        Thank you very much! And yes they certainly weren't the person I thought they were

        • Accidental Poet

          You're welcome. I too have had friendships that were not what I'd thought or changed over time. Some people never seem to grow up. My best friend of 40+ years is a perfect example. Suddenly I'd noticed how immature he was and also disrespectful. I just said, "OK, I've had enough". And we haven't talked since. So choose your friends wisely Shannon. ; )

        • 2 more comments

        • FredPeyer

          Your excellent poem made something so clear: Too many people, especially men, lack empathy.
          And your writing is very, very, good: 'I now remain a blurry picture of swallowed art' made me stop and re-read.

          • ShannonXx

            Thank you so much!

          • Goldfinch60

            "While my cemented tears dry" - what a great line. Very good emotive write Shannon - some people are just untrustworthy and always hurt others.

            • ShannonXx

              Thank you! Yes unfortunately we have people like that in this world

            • dusk arising

              Your phrasing paints such clear mental pictures. The scene the anguish, the characters. A long piece but unlike many a similar outpouring yours was never repetative or in the slightest boring/mundane. Compelling reading.

              • ShannonXx

                Thank you! I really appreciate the comment 🙂

              • Samreen Chowdhury

                This made my heart melt! Good write

                • ShannonXx

                  Thank you!

                • BRIAN & ANGELA

                  Thanks for sharing SHANNON ~ I trust you found it CATHARTIC ! To your Friends on MPS you are a lovely Young Lady ~ How could some stupid Person (there are a lot of them out there) treat you like that ? We all respect and love you ~ Every Blessing ~ Love BRIAN XOX

                  • ShannonXx

                    Thank you so much! Very kind words 🙂

                  • yellowrose

                    hi shannon , i think some people can be careless in their words towards other people , there is a way to go about things and it seems his/ her way was kind of wrong ... its ok to be honest but brutal honesty can hurt like hell. it sounds like you are a sensitive person who was hurt by somebody who lacks a bit of consideration towards your feelings .. the knife digging deep into your back shows how much pain this person caused you , i love the line referring to a swallowed piece of art , that is quite an interesting and unique line i like how you mentioned memoriees being tainted. i really do like this .. you know, you express very well the pain this person caused you and how his brutal honesty deeply hurt you .. sorry

                    • ShannonXx

                      Thank you so much! I really appreciate your comment 🙂

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