Lovesick In The Coffee Shop: A Poem


It’s been quite a while since I’ve shared my poetry on this blog. Too long, perhaps. I like to say that I’m somewhat of a closet poet because most of the poetry I’ve written has been hidden away, like the proverbial monster under the bed. Why? I suppose it’s because my poetry is the most personal writing I have ever done in my life. Maybe as precious as my personal journal entries. However, I DO have one poem published (click HERE to read it), and I am going to share one today with you, dear readers.

I wrote this poem in November and entered it into a poetry contest. It’s a totally made up scenario about a secret crush at a coffee shop, and is supposed to be pure and simple humor (aka don’t read into it). Though I didn’t win or even place, it felt good to put myself out there like that.

For some reason, I tend to be more brave with my novels rather than my poems. Therefore, consider this a peek into my silly, secret, and at times strange, world of poetry. It’s perfect for this month’s theme of love, too. ❤ Hope you all enjoy! xx

Lovesick in The Coffee Shop

By Tamar Hela

Bearing the weight of a secret love

Is like the barista spelling my name wrong again

There’s a hope that next time they’ll get it right

But it still hurts

I saw you walk in on a Tuesday, five months ago

You still come in every Tuesday at 3pm,

And I watch how you place your order with confident precision like a war general

I love how you leave a tip, too

Even when the new girl at the register is a bit rude

While you wait for your drink,

Your wavy hair shines in the fluorescent lights

Like you’re some kind of glowing, caffeinated god

I guess I could sit closer to the front,

But I like my darkened corner where I sit far away from smelly Jim

Still, my seat offers a good view of your face, and I think

Your eyes are like roasted coffee beans—the medium blend

If I were a paper cup,

I bet you’d be my perfect sleeve

Once I thought you waved at me but

You were saying hi to the businessman sitting next to my table

My cheeks burned like my extra hot latte with an add shot

Because I accidentally waved back, and you looked confused

Maybe one day I’ll have the nerve to say hi,

But today is not that day

As you walk out of the coffee shop, I’ll just silently bid adieu

And in my sleep, I’ll dream of you

Monday Motivation: Read This Cool Stuff II

(As previously seen on the HelaWrite blog.)

It’s Monday! I have 3 great articles to share with you all. They’re all from HubSpot today and focus on marketing, blogging, and LinkedIn groups–all great stuff.

So grab a coffee, sit back, and take some time to read these articles and become motivated for another work week.

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Yummy coffee to start the day off right.

1. 10 Phenomenal Blogs in Totally Boring Industries by Ginny Soskey at HubSpot

Summary: The title pretty much says it all. 10 awesome blogs that are doing something right, despite their businesses’ reputation for being “boring.” A great read.

2. A Practical Guide to Planning a Successful Inbound Marketing Campaign by Meghan Keaney Anderson at HubSpot

Summary: Again, the title tells what this post is about. I’ve been using the term “Inbound Marketing” lately, so if you still don’t know what that means, then definitely take a look at this post. It lays everything out in simple terms.

3. 20 LinkedIn Groups Every Marketer Should Join by Brittany Leaning at HubSpot

Summary: Obviously, this post shows you great groups to join on LinkedIn. But don’t let the “Marketer” part deter you from reading this article. EVERY business owner and entrepreneur is a marketer in her or his own right. Marketing is for everyone, and it doesn’t hurt to join a group of experts who can share nuggets of wisdom with you–for free. I get more out of groups like these than any marketing class I ever took in college.

I hope you enjoy these articles and feel motivated to tackle some business this week. Here’s a great quote to leave you with some inspiration:

“Whatever the mind of man [and woman] can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” –Napoleon Hill