Posted by: John Looker | 17 December, 2010

IN PRAISE OF COFFEE

Just for fun …



IN PRAISE OF COFFEE


In a cup that’s as small as an empty egg shell
but deep as a well,

dark as the woods at night, as the ocean bed, as ebony
or repressed memory,

with its aroma
invoking the ascent of Man from the valleys of Ethiopia

(really? well … yes)
and its siren
promise,

invisibly alive
with the contained energy of bees in a hive,

more dangerous than wine
more exciting than sex (no, delete this line),

it’s the morning appointment,
the lunchtime assignation,
the evening’s tall dark stranger.


©
John Stevens 2010

The picture comes from Wikipedia which has most interesting entry on coffee, at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee

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  1. John,

    You made me smile with this – despite the fact that I am a committed tea drinker 🙂

    I will subscribe and be back.

    David

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  2. Haha, I love this. I am a total coffee addict and spend many (too many) hours writing in my local coffee shop. The barista (Carlos) always stamps my card twice with a smile. I like that you didn’t delete that line – it rubber stamps the smile in the poem.

    Thank you so much for your considered comment on my poem… it really meant a lot and I shall definitely look at introducing that line clearly as to who said it. I’ve always imagined the bartender to be a Louis Armstrong type. Thank you again … have a wonderful year! and keep writing…

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  3. Beautifully crafted and it perked me up at the end of a long day; just like a good cup of coffee, in fact. I especially like the closing stanza. Thank you!

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  4. Thanks a lot everybody. I had fun with this one. The next (nearly ready) is very different.

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  5. Your cup of coffee engendered this. Many thanks.

    Breakfast

    The trees have tangled their limbs tighter
    this morning, the snarled hair of a dirty child.

    Shadows darken, seep deeper into earth.
    Unseen stones shudder, enveloped by new cold.

    The timid, squirrel and hare, risk the sun –
    the plummet of falcon, hawk, eagle. Talons sharpen

    against the friction of flight and air.
    This moment will be the keenest whetstone.

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    • I like that! You should find a place for it on your own blog – and keep taking the coffee!

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  6. Fun poem! 🙂 Coffee with milk for me please! I use to drink tea too but when the children were young I dreaded having a hot teapot on the table, so I changed to drinking more coffee 🙂 Coffee is a comfort and a energy booster; never knew it could be that exciting though 🙂 In comparisment…? 😛

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    • Thanks Ina. I think I was over-caffeinated when I wrote this one!

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  7. I can relate to this poem. Boy, can I ever! Every morning into the French press and the start, and later on the continuation, of the day. A true poem–at least in my life.

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    • I love coffee too much. But I detect a difference between American and European tastes: it seems you drink it more frequently but at weaker strength than we do – it all evens out in the end I suppose.

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  8. This was a delight to read, John! I love the simile, the metaphor and humor. The last 3 lines were such a cool way to end a great piece! Cheers!
    Lynda 🙂

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