Monday, June 21, 2010

Coffee

Among sixteen chilly skyscrapers,
The only thing moving
Was the steam of the coffee.

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Regard, the coffee-mug
White, with the crimson Harvard seal
And the word VERITAS.

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The coffee-house guitarist
Had a hit in 1988
With "Fast Car."

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Countee Cullen
Disdained fair maidens
"With pallid hair, and blood that's thin"
And sang the beauty of those
With skin as dark as coffee undilute.

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I once met someone
Who sprinkled instant coffee granules
On top of his ice cream.

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On Christmas morning,
There's nothing like coffee
With a shot of Sambuca.

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In an old movie, Richard Burton claimed,
"You can't taste cold coffee."
A provable falsehood, this!

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After eleven in the morning,
I do not drink coffee
Unless it has cream and sugar
To blunt somewhat its potency.

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At the Café Pamplona,
Sam ordered sopa de ajo
And espresso, not wishing to imbibe
Its watery American counterpart.

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There was the Catholic priest
Who had a mug emblazoned with the legend,
DECAF SUCKS. We're inclined to agree.
David Letterman says decaf coffee
Is like non-alcoholic Scotch.

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Why are there not more poems about coffee?
Poets of the third millennium,
Rectify this deficit!

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Heather told a joke
At the International House of Pancakes
And I laughed and spit an explosion of coffee
At her friend Mike, across the table.

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I can see throwing tea into Boston Harbor.
But coffee? Saints preserve us!