Radicals, romantics, and regulars,
seek solace,
against the rising tide of progress.

In a small, well-worn room in the heart of North Beach,
the soul of San Francisco makes its last stand.

Worn tables and chairs fill the room;
while fifty years of photos,
hint at great, untold stories.

Poets, poseurs, and politicians
play their parts.
Talking, typing, writing, reading-
Channeling the beats, wishing to belong.

A thick patina of history covers every surface;
transforming a simple coffee shop
into a shrine that makes the heart sing.

Caffe Trieste
Christopher Michel

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