Girls in Coffee Shops

She looks like you. Only, her hair is too short, her eyes too dark, and her gaze never wanders to the door. No, they never look like you, but I watch them nonetheless.

This post was made in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge’s 33-word Trifextra prompt:

This week we’re asking for 33 of your own words inspired by the following picture.

Photo credit: Thomas Leuthard / Foter / CC BY

31 thoughts on “Girls in Coffee Shops

  1. trifectawriting says:

    Ooo. I like how some are reading this a bit darker than others. I just got the lovesick nobody-is-as-wonderful-as-you. That’s a big step for me. πŸ™‚ Thanks for linking up, Christine. Lovely, as always.


  2. Leigh W. Smith says:

    What Suzanne and Draug said above … and thank goodness I wasn’t the only soul to think that the mystery of this piece could lend itself to a darker/voyeuristic interpretation, especially given how s/he starts to second-guess him/herself and criticize the girl and then the really chilling word “them.” (‘Zero at the bone’ as Emily Dickinson wrote.) Either way, “light” or “dark,” very well rendered, Christine!


  3. cobourgcobbie says:

    Everyone seems a little lost and lonely in this piece; the observer and the girl. It isn’t always easy to convey depth of emotion from a static photo like this but, you did a great job with it. Thanks for continuing to inspire with your great work. πŸ™‚


  4. Momo says:

    Oh that desire to see what we want to see, to catch a glimpse of the one that got away…so compelling and you captured it so well here, Christine!


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