Radicals, romantics, and regulars,
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.