#NaPoWriMo2020 #2 – The Ritual of Coffee

The prompt: a self-portrait poem in which you make a specific action a metaphor for your life

I measure the chilled, filtered water.
I grind the beans manually for consistency
Then place the coffee in the upper chamber.
I add three grains of Portuguese sea salt
(Because everything loves the sea
And the sea is in everything).
I turn the gas flame down low.
While I wait, I check my email.

When the pot gurgles and sputters
The coffee is ready to be served.
I add a teaspoon of raw honey (Trader
Joe’s is best) to dull the bitterness,
And one dollop of half and half
for presentation.

Author: Raymond Maxwell

https://raymmaxx.wordpress.com/ Librarian, archivist, retired foreign service officer and Navy veteran.

2 thoughts on “#NaPoWriMo2020 #2 – The Ritual of Coffee”

    1. Thanks, Amrita. Hard to tell, but I put a lot of work into this poem. We all need, worldwide, to write-bad-poetry ourselves right out of the present crisis which envelops us. This is almost a poem!


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