July 25, 2016

They do not often use styrofoam 
Anymore, so they put
A cardboard ring around
To save your fingers from 
The scalding. 

       Do you take it black?
       A little sugar? One
       Lump or two?

Stopping at Starbucks
Equals normalcy -
Getting it back -
After planes hit
Towers or boys
Shoot up elementary 
Schools. The day you

Ask the barista, "Please, please,
please, let me get
What I want
This time. "


This is Poem #129 from the  Poem (almost) Everyday Project. Starting in mid-January 2016, I challenged myself to spend a year in which I’d wake most mornings and write a poem before my first cup of coffee. By the end of the year,  I had written 241 poems.  Here, I have published second drafts of  those pieces copied directly from my journal with minimal editing from their “vomit draft” state.