espresso (no and no)

Inspired by the phrase The distillation would intoxicate me also, but I shall not let ittaken from ‘Song of Myself (Leaves of Grass)’ by Walt Whitman.

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I cannot drink
this beverage
anymore

although
it is only here
by my hand

and by my heart

I take the beans
that come from
jamaica

beans that come
from india
from senegal
from
I don’t know where

but I take them
with their sour smell
of green
and roast them

always turning

always turning them
from their green
to brown

heating
until I hear
their song

a percussive tune
of click
on click

of cracking
in the pan

until the sour
is a faded memory
and the aroma
itself
can move my heart

I draw it in

I draw it in
a distillation
that could intoxicate me
were I a weaker being

but
I shall not let it

I know
three cups
is just not right

not right
no

but
the first cup
is such a heart delight

the second
just happens
somehow . . .

I don’t know

a third
cup
of this divine transport
would leave me . . .

would take me . . .

I might wake up
still flying
but
more likely
crashed
and burned

I do not care
so much
for rehab

it is a dull
and flavourless
pastime

so
I will be strong
right now
and say no

to my waiting
espress machine

no
to the beans
I have already ground
(somehow
when I was not
attentive)

no
to another
short one
and sharp

no
I will put the coffee
down

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7 thoughts on “espresso (no and no)

  1. I’ve recently gone from several coffees a day to one day per week, Peregrine. Hard transition, but possibly for the best.

    I drink green tea through the week. As warm water, it’s not so bad, but my true love resides in the beans.

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