Originally posted 4/12/2010.
A little cup of coffee,
hot, black and unadorned,
would be good right now.
Now and then I’ll take a little milk
to ease it down, but not today; and I’ll never
use sweetener — no, not at all,
because I like it bitter and I like the heat.
I like the way it stains my teeth
so my smile’s not as happy-kid bright.
I like how it opens my eyes
to the day
as it has been made.
God may trouble the waters yet
and if so I’ll have to wade them;
that little cup of coffee will help me go.
A little cup of coffee now.
Perhaps another later, and then another,
depending on how deep and swift the water;
a little something to remind me
that the sweet life
is not the only one worth living.