Back of the Cup

The coffee bean

fresh-picked

a shiny maroon-orb

requires drying, roasting

grinding, soaking, pressing

and only then,

a round, bitter

dark silky liquid that

slides down the throat

animates and

becomes part

of the soothing

ritual.

Ah! Coffee!

Who had the inspiration

to uncover those first beans

to reveal the

first cup?

©Laurie Lynn Newman

 

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