Monday, November 06, 2006

On The Menu

I looked into the black face
of my first cup of coffee,
studied the steam
rising over nervous bubbles, and
up the turret sides of ceramic walls.
It was time for this rumination
to be taken to a post of sorts,
and executed as an offender of habit.
With each taste it died without whimper,
sip and slurp by whip of lips and tongue.
The ham and swiss for lunch
will be tooth decay for lions.

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gautami tripathy said...

I could actually picture that!

My ghosts are laughing all the way!

MB said...

sip and slurp by whip of lips and tongue.
What a great line, Pat. All those p's... Oh my!

Poetry by Kai said...

i'm gonna have to call u
mr. southern laughing ghost....


floots said...

i'm at work and that sounds s-o-o-o-o-o-o good :)

polona said...

there's no life before coffee... great stuff!

trinitystar said...

what an imagination ... wow! :o)

samuru999 said...

Oh, i loved this poem Pat!
It's been a very loooong day, and your poem was just what I needed
to make me smile!
Just great!
Thanks Pat!


C said...

I can see the coffee trembling with fear.

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

There's no safe coffee near me! :)

Masago said...

What a description!

therapy said...

sounded delicious.
I'll read the rest for more:)

Inconsequential said...


Tim S said...

Nice one - yet again you have changed the way I view an inatimate object! Enjoyed the audio.

Cathy said...

I am studying my steam as I type. Not too carefully really, because I need to get the caffeine in my system asap!

I am glad to hear your voice again.

Anonymous said...

Ah, coffee ... can't live with it ... can't live without it. Enjoyed! And I loved hearing the dulcet tones of your voice once more, Pat.

mikaelah said...

those nervous bubbles ... I take it you do not drink decaf! Loved every slurp!

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

this line
sip and slurp by whip of lip and tongue.



But I would forego the ham and swiss for a croissant au beurre instead!

Don Iannone said...

Great one Pat. Enjoyed it.

Pat Paulk said...

Gautami, I'm glad my ghosts could make your ghosts laugh!!

MB, the P's are the essence aren't they?? Thank you!!

Kai, I like that name!!

Floots, it was!!

Polona, you are right!! Thank you!!

Trinitystar, I've been told since the first grade it was very active. Got me in alot of predicamnets, too!!

Margie, I'm always glad to make you smile!!

C, my coffee's so strong it ain't scared of nuttin, lest of all me!!

Andrew, sounds like several of us jump start in the a.m. with it.

Vaughn, I hope it was a good one!!

Therapy, thanks for coming by and commenting!!


Tim S, you should hear how they view us. Thank you!!

Cathy, I promise I didn't ruminate too long either. Thank you!!

SB, you are too kind, but, then you're in Spring, we're in Fall.

No ma'am Mikaelah, I don't. Straight, just like my beer. Thank you!!

Tongue In Cheek, thank you!! Lions aren't picky when they're hungry.

Thanks Don!!

(Ni)mo.Ni said...

i read this poem and got *inspired.* imagination to embellish the ordinary. (yay alliteration!) thanks.

Masago said...


Sue hardy-Dawson said...

you made me laugh, I wouldn't like to be a lion's dentist