The following is a monologue I wrote for a fun event earlier this month.
Hello, kind traveler, and welcome to the last coffee shop you will visit. Here, at the Coffee Shop Betwixt Life and Death, we invite you to sit back, take a moment, and decide if you wish to return through the front door, or take the elevator to your final destination.
Now, do not be hasty. This is an important decision. Chose your drink wisely, for the flavors are not just for the tongue, but the soul as well.
Wish to remember young loves and lost romance? A rose tea latte will bring back the stirrings of the heart.
Have a desire to speak with your long-departed mother? A café au lait will bring her back to you.
Perhaps you wish to feel a pang of excitement? Then, I might suggest a hip matcha latte. Just trust me, it’s exciting.
If you have a philosophical mind, some smoky herbal teas will bring back your memories of wisdom, assuming you have any.
Take as long as you’d like, but be warned. Here, at the Coffee Shop Betwixt Life and Death, you are a patron because you have a choice. Time is fleeting. Stay too long, and that door behind you might just lock itself.
So, my dear, what memory do you wish to pursue? Love or Anger? Happy or Sad? What emotion, what vision do you wish?
I’m sorry, you had a question?
Oh, you misunderstand. You drink to decide if you will go back or forth, not if the elevator will take you up or down.
If that is your worry, then I suggest a cup of black coffee. It will not give you wondrous visions, but it will sober you up, so to speak. It may tell you that you have chances yet to save your destination, or reveal that you are too far gone to one extreme or another.
No, black coffee is not fancy nor flavorful, but it is sometimes what you need to make the important choices.
What’s that, you ask?
Well, if you add cream and sugar, it wouldn’t be black coffee, now would it?
Here at the Coffee Shop Betwixt Life and Death, these things matter!