Ode to Decaf: NPM20 Day 14

I’m definitely feeling the poetic struggle as I reach mid-month.  My mind is on my students and figuring out how to support them in this distance learning emergency.  I’m housebound with little outside inspiration.  My neighborhood is nice–but it really isn’t evoking poetic thoughts right now.

So instead…I turn to thoughts of the coffee I drink every morning.  The coffee I crave…want…need…  And I know it’s not about a caffeine addiction, I switched to decaf more than a decade ago.  So today’s poem is an ode…to decaf.

Ode to my Decaf

 

I swim in its depths

the warm, dark steamy whirls

of decaffeinated comfort

 

earthy aroma

that spirals

from my mug directly

into my nostrils

 

steaming open my brain

loosening thoughts

opening the doors

to today

 

the whir of the bean grinder

echoes

the drip drip drip

a tympanic symphony

within the glass carafe

 

I come up for breath

wrapping my hands

around the ceramic

warming

from the inside out

 

for me

it’s not the caffeine

it’s the coffee

 

®Douillard

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3 thoughts on “Ode to Decaf: NPM20 Day 14

  1. mbhmaine

    This could be the first ode ever written to decaf! I really like the lines “warming/from the inside out.” My morning coffee is decaf with a whiff of caffeine (5/6 decaf). One more thing we have in common! 🙂 Hang in there, Kim. Yesterday felt tough on this coast, too.

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  2. Judy Buchanan

    Perfect, even though I still need the caffeine. ” I wrap my hands around the ceramic warming…”

    Reply

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