Her hands still trembled spilling the coffee
why had she witnessed the violence
could not have avoided walking that way
always taken the same that route
since starting evenings at that late bar
to where she had parked the car!
There holding the cup like a comforter
afraid to be on the outside
sipping the long cold espresso drink
saw blue lights flashing by
tried to hide in the cubical petrified
not wanting to be identified!
She had seen the man hit her friend
certain it was a metal pipe
could not reach her had been close
kept hitting had to shout
before running away saw his face
he had been to her place!
Certain it was her friend’s ex-boyfriend
desperate to run for help
but he started towards her at a fast pace
as if in an uncontrollable rage
had to run fearing her life was in danger
from this known stranger!
Nobody came to help as she screamed out
exhausted managed to escape
heard him shout he would find and kill her
that thought creating more panic
found the cafe down a narrow lane a retreat
from the horror on the paved street!
She phoned the police giving her location
told them what she witnessed
felt safe but for a moment heard the bang
at the large window he stood
hitting the glass ferociously with his fist
he was mighty pissed!
The glass cracked but luckily did not break
as she tried to exit he came in
staff were knocked violently to the ground
she was trapped in a corner
as he tried to aim a blow a shot was heard
what happened next blurred!
Just saw his head explode she screamed
as police guided the woman
from the scene and terror she endured
and the story would be told
recovering knowing her mate survived
but of her mobility deprived!
The Foureyed Poet.