Tuesday, January 15, 2013

How do you take it?

I listen to the complexities
traded back and forth
across gift cards, CDs,
sustainable energy bars,
past the case filled with
pastries, muffins, cakes
and tortes, accompanied
by paroxysms of milk
steamed and coffee
expressed, permeated
by omnipresent and
omnipotent smells, and
then I say, simply, and
in a clear voice,
mashing English between
two slices of Italian:
Venti Non-Fat Latte.

Seth Haines at TweetSpeak Poetry has a poetry prompt – how do you take you coffee? It’s coffee and tea month at TweetSpeak.

And today is also Poetry at Work Day. You can check out this cool infographic developed by TweetSpeak’s own Lyla Lindquist and re-published by Huffington Post.

Thos poem is also submitted to Open Link Night at dVersePoets. The links will be live at 2 p.m. Central time today.

Photograph by Vera Kratochvil via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.


Anonymous said...

good one

Maureen said...

Nice word plays ("paroxysms of milk / steamed and coffee / expressed"); love the last line.

Martha Jane Orlando said...

Yep! We're at Starbucks, for sure! :)
Loved the entire poem, Glynn, but especially liked your expression "mashing English between two slices of Italian . . ." Great imagery!

Anonymous said...

You do have a clear voice.

Tashtoo said...

Awe! So awesome :D I'm on coffee break now...and I'm even going all in on the pastries...you're a bad influence, Poet!

Brian Miller said...

i take it black and strong....with a side of watching what all the people are doing...smiles....and i love the smell...

Robbie Pruitt said...

Nice poem!

Unknown said...

Two slices of Italian :) I like that line. I love mixing languages with writing.

Louise Gallagher said...

Hey! that's what I say too! :)

Nice one.

Patricia said...

mashing English between
two slices of Italian
... what a great line. = )

Unknown said...

well done. permeated by omnipresent and omnipotent smells love that. Venti non-fat latte- just as I take it. But you know what, here's my money saving tip of the day. Instead of getting that, order a triple shot of espresso and then add your own sweetener and milk, same thing, but instead of 5 dollars it'll cost 2.66. Really good write Glynn

marousia said...

Excellent - now I want a coffee :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Well done!! And now I am craving a mocha :)

kelvin s.m. said...

...good experimental vibe in here... a delicious offering... smiles...