Morning Decaf with a Big Surly Biker.

Via Tara Lemieux
on May 19, 2013
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“I like my coffee black, my beer from Germany, wine from Burgundy, the darker, the better. I like my heroes complicated and brooding, James Dean in oiled leather, leaning on a motorcycle. You know the color. (“Ode to Chocolate”)” ~  Barbara Crooker

I had decaf with a biker this morning—an ominous and quite surly sort of fellow.

We talked about life and politics and things…and then he bought me one of those miniature egg sandwiches.

And, then I asked him about all of his military patches, I was most interested in the Purple Heart he had pinned to his hat.

“I got that in ‘Nam,” he said, somewhat matter-of-factly,”pulled three of my buddies off of a field during a maneuver.”

What he didn’t include were the words, “under heavy enemy fire”—because, real heroes never really have to.

So, I asked him directly, “How did you do that? What went through your head?”

To which he replied,

“Well, not much, I guess—I was pretty stoned out of my gourd.”

Apparently, his buddies look a bit like smooth leather balls on a high school football field.

And, that, my dear friends, is just how I spent my morning.

People often ask me, “Where do you find your inspiration to write?”

To which I may now reply,

“Inspiration will always find you, my dear—even when sitting at a coffee shop sipping decaf with a biker.


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Ed: Kate Bartolotta



About Tara Lemieux

Tara Lemieux is a mindful wanderer, and faithful stargazer. She is an ardent explorer and lover of finding things previously undiscovered (or, at the very least, mostly not-uncovered.) When she’s not writing, you can find her walking in the woods and sometimes changing the way we look at things, one simple moment at a time. You can contact her at via her website Mindfully Musing or, take one second to "LIKE" her on Facebook at Tara's Facebook Page. Or email her directly at All roads will lead to one home, and rest assured she (and Nudnick, the wonder dog) would LOVE to hear from you.


2 Responses to “Morning Decaf with a Big Surly Biker.”

  1. Jacinta says:

    Thaaank you! Loooove that!! Haaaaa =)

  2. Tara Lemieux says:

    Jacinta ~ glad you Looooove it 🙂 <3