coffees for a road trip

three coffees
on the road today

the first one
still asleep
while grinding beans

half awake
when the espresso growls

the milk is boiled
and ready

a second cup
two hours away

a roaster
turning beans
by the kilo
to brown

the smell
caffeine
oil
intensity
pervades the café

they take their coffee
seriously here

I can’t decipher the pattern
a barista has etched
on the frothy top

perhaps a fern
but
I don’t know

I drink it down

and a third cup

killing time
around a foreign town

regular
is super-size

the cups
are throw away
with plastic lids
even though
I’m seated right there
at their table

but the beverage
is warm


© Frank Prem, 2017

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