And the day came when the risk it took to remain tightly closed in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom. Anais Nin


Coffee Will Save Me

Free Market Blend
By Toni Partington

Somewhere south
in groves of beans
the flavor is born

everywhere here
in cups of paper
the flavor is tasted

it reaches your nose
travels right to
the brain
roasted beans so rich
they can connect
olfactory to saliva
without touching the lips

this is glory
the mother lode
the sweet spot
the perfect pose
the long kiss
the found penny, head’s up
the best seat in the house

this is your favorite song
the shoes on sale
the winning ticket
the snow day
the smell of lilacs
the dog’s greeting
the unexpected hug

this is the first sip
the half and half
the sugar
the cinnamon

This is morning.

Please Join Me on Thursday, April 15th, 7pm
I'll be reading from my book, Wind Wing
Paper Tiger Coffehouse
703 Grand Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98661

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