Sitting in leonard’s cafe listening to others talk about me

I was enjoying a buffalo chicken sandwich 
and drink 
as I overheard a man and woman talking 
a few tables behind me

they were talking badly about someone
and at first 
I tried to tune out their conversation

then I heard --
"why don't they keep those rough necks
out of this place --
they rip and roar with their motorcycles
and have no respect for anything or anybody
they wear worn out clothes and shirts with
harley davidson motorcycles printed on them
like we are supposed to think they are 
big and bad"

I looked around 
and realized I was the only other person
in the café
and I was wearing 
a harley davidson motorcycle t-shirt 
I purchased in florida
when I attended my nephew's wedding 

the couple continued ranting and raving about
those motorcycle guys who 
don't work --
"they get money wherever they can
I bet that guy up there stands on 
street corners
begging for money for food
and comes in a place like this and eats
and drinks whatever he wants"

after realizing they were discussing me
I took in the rest of their conversation
as I finished my meal

they don't know me 
they are judging me

upon paying my bill,
I gave the waitress a ten-dollar tip
and asked her to give an envelope
to the couple who sat two tables
behind me

inside the envelope
I had written a letter and 
included three ten dollar bills

my letter mentioned I overhear their
conversation and wanted them to 
remember not everyone who wears 
a motorcycle t-shirt
is like they describe
I went on to mention
I've always worked for money
and I wanted to pay for their meals
today with the enclosed money

Since the next day would be Easter Day
I ended the letter
wishing them a Wonderful Easter

 Thanks for reading this!
Written on March 26, 2016  
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Published by Jim Wortham

As a teen, wanted to live from writing poetry. Wrote several books, selling nationally. Hung out with readers throughout the United States. My writing has been on back burner. Now dusting off my desk and have my pen in hand. Hope you enjoy some of what I write.

2 thoughts on “Sitting in leonard’s cafe listening to others talk about me

  1. I’m proud of you. You Old Trouble Maker. Next time you go give me a holler and I’ll wear my Harley Davidson t-shirt as well. Oh buy the way it’s from Tampa Bay. It was a gift from my Big Brother and my hair is getting long enough to put in my Harley Pony Tail Holder. Maybe we can run into them and I can tell them Ivy rides in my sidecar. Haha ha. 🐺😊

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