Mellow Tones

Serious at books,

dressed black,head tilted forward,

dark bangs flop, glasses.

When phone call interrupts him,

his voice charms, rich and smooth.


Copyright 2014

T. Allen Culpepper

Dude at the New Coffee Place

Tee, cap, and trainers are black;

likewise the classic plastic glasses,

but mustard painter’s pants he’s hacked

off below the knee mash things


up a bit. Blond hair close cut,

the beard longer and scruffier, but

still appealing; he has some tattoos,

one of them new, still bandaged loosely.


His voice is deeper than I expect

(we’re both in line for coffee; I’m next),

deep, rich low-end baritone.

I wouldn’t mind hearing it at home.


Copyright 2013

T. Allen Culpepper