Dylan Thomas was an English poet in the 50s.
Like all poets that means he was all about the pent up, whininess that permeated the overwhelming majority of poetry from that era. (Test reader is a poet, after reading that line I was told to go fuck myself. I think I am onto something here.)
However, in the realm of pent up emo angst, Thomas was a god and should have sacrifices made in his name. (There has to be perks for being the top of your field, even if its whiny.)
But, and this may be a valid question, why should morning coffee and Dylan Thomas go together?
Good question, let’s ponder that over a cup.
Heading into my favorite “Coffee and healthy sandwiches” place is difficult, there is a shopping cart blocking the door.
I tried to move it slightly, only to find that the back wheels are locked up. (This happens when you take a cart away from the boundaries of the supermarket.
Magnetic locks are cheap, easy and impossible to remove without disabling the cart.
Unless you are willing to pick up the back wheels and carry.
Like a wheelbarrow that is totally back heavy and unwheldy.
I take in the pile of garbage in the shopping cart and suddenly it hits me.
Homeless, and he parked his cart out front.
Like a homeless valet service was tipped an extra $20 and told to “Keep it up front.”
I went in.
Ordering was delightful.
The nervous young lady at the counter was splitting her time between me and the collection of people at the end of the counter.
- End of counter roll call:
- The manager.
- The assistant manager.
- A kitchen helper whose attendance might be just cuz.
- A large gentleman of Samoan descent whose button up, collared, untucked, white shirt says “Security”. (I wanted to call him Boagrius after a warrior from ancient Greece, but no one would get it. I hate being the only one who reads. Plus, Achilles killed him in glorious combat.)
“So what do you want?” Boagrius is big, but polite. (Fine it stays.)
“He needs to go. He is scaring people from using the bathroom.” (I am not sure this is a bad thing. Most men’s rooms look and smell suspiciously like an uncleaned monkey hut at the zoo.)
Good, I didn’t miss the opening scene. I hate that, it ruins the movie.
Boagrius saunters over to a table on the far side of the room.
It is pure serendipity that as I cream and sugar my coffee and then move to a table, that I have a perfect vantage point to watch.
The “Person of interest” is sitting at a table right next to the bathroom entry hall.
And interesting, he is.
Homeless is a gimme on the basis of BO alone. (If my busted nose can get a whiff more than 10 feet away, you need a serious delousing and a bubble bath. (And no toys, you are in there to get clean, mister.)
Older, natural aging or meth? (Both?)
There is a small cup of coffee on the table. (It has however, been torn up. This says meth to me, something I have seen them do. I don’t get it either.)
Along with 3 notebooks that I can see words and drawings on from 20 feet away. (This appears to be one of those homeless researchers. Usually, they focus on conspiracy theories. Chem trails are big with them for some reason.)
Bogrius is a big kid, Samoans are not a tiny people.
But he is polite and professional.
“Pardon me, sir?” (Leading with a polite “Sir” is a solid move, right up until it backfires.”
As an opening line, that is a line drive home run.
The pure angst and whiny persecution in his voice immediately makes me name him Dylan. (And you thought I forgot about the Dylan Thomas shit at the beginning, didn’t you?)
“Sir, management would like you to leave.” (I like Boagrius because he stays on script, no deviation. A nice quality in a huge security guard.)
“But I bought a coffee!?!?” (Universally, this will be even the most unacceptable homeless guy at least an hour or two in the majority of coffee places. Like a low price ticket for admission.)
“Management called security, sir.” (Solid argument. Boagrius is not new to this.)
“What if I call security on you?!?!” (Plot twist, some of you saw that coming.)
“I am security.” (So who would you call?)
What happened next really bothers me.
Mainly because I didn’t hear it.
Boagrius leaned in and spoke very softly.
It couldn’t have been a threat, his body language was wrong. If anything, Boagrius and Dylan both relaxed halfway thru the comment, whatever it was.
And then Dylan got up, and gathered his notebooks.
He and Boagrius left together.
Dylan lifted the back end of his shopping cart and began to roll away.
Turning, he reached out and rapped on the window, pointing at the manager.
And flipped him off.
Defiant to the end.
“Do not go gentle into that good night”
“Old age should burn and rave at close of day”
“Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
Dylan knew his shit, I wonder how he took his coffee? (The poet, I mean. The homeless guy is drug addled to the point of possibly not knowing anything of value anymore.)