Poetry

Litanies Against Dying, 7 (189.)

The coffee kills the morning
by strengthening and lengthening
the night tunnels,
and it becomes more difficult
to crawl through sleep
unscathed.

The coffee awakens the morning
by adding energy to the pot
and giving us reserves
for later.

The trouble is the suggested servings.
Probably not good to quaff caffeine
by the god damn gallon.
Oh well –
the illusion of energy
is enough to last the day.

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