Traveling abroad after a hectic day of meetings, I needed a break.
Seeing a crowded cafe, I entered.
Having ordered a vanilla latte, I waited.
Looking around, my eyes were drawn to a woman by the window looking outside.
Sitting quietly and serenely, her presence was somehow comforting to me.
Startling me, her head suddenly snapped towards me, as if she sensed I was looking at her.
Staring at me with a puzzled look on her face, her eyes flashed curiosity.
Having received my latte from the barista, I moved outside and sat.
Stealing a furtive glance at the woman, I was surprised to see her bemused eyes still studying me.
Staring at her, daring her to look away, she did not. I thought to myself, “Strange…unexpected…bold.”
Turning my eyes back to watching the denizens of this fair city hustling to and fro, I sipped my latte.
Casually glancing at the woman by the window again, I found her eyes regarding me still.
Her lips slowly spreading into a broad but close-lipped smile, she seemed to have decided something. Rising from her table with coffee cup and saucer in hand, she gracefully exited the cafe.
Walking between the sun and me, she stopped beside my table.
Shining brightly in my eyes, the sun behind her cast her face in shadow.
Hovering there for a long moment, she smiled and said in a low voice, “Hello, Teacher Lee.”
Nonplussed, incredulous, I strained to see her shadowed face more clearly.
Suddenly discerning something unusual about her coffee cup saucer, my eyes locked onto a ring of multi-colored sugar cubes reposing lazily around her cup.
Laughing in amazement, I uttered a single word.
This poem makes use of introductory participial phrases in every sentence. In this structure, the participle (-ing word) acts as an adjective and must describe the subject of the main clause.