Waking up to coffee–two cups, one accompanied by two fresh-baked cookies and half a power bar. Plenty of breakfast. As I sip, I read Coffee Poems, purchased recently after reading on Jen Payne’s blog that she’d had a poem published in this anthology. (Yes, all the poems are about, or at least mention, coffee.) Here is Jen’s poem:

Measuring Water by Sound

I want to know the color of your eyes, not just the browns

and greens of them, but by the specific Pantone colors of

their constellations.


I want to know by rote how your tongue forms the syllables

of my name, the way your lips make words in the dark.


I want to know your skin like I know my favorite sweater,

how it caresses my shoulders, hugs my hips…where it rests

against my belly.


I want to know you by sound, the way I know I’ve poured

enough water for the pot of coffee we’ll drink by moonlight

at 3.


The book is divided into coffee “At the Cafe,” and the portraits of weary waitresses, both old and young, evokes an empathy for the silent servers of coffee;  “Home Grounds,” coffee as a comfort in the comfort of our own kitchens; “Literary Latte,” my favorite section; “Elegy of Coffee,” poems of celebration and fervor for coffee; and “The Coffee Between Us,” both love poems and break-up laments.

It is an exceptional collection of poems, and it makes one want to attempt their own “Coffee Poem.”

If you have one, PLEASE post your URL or put it in the reply box below.

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


      1. I’m a bi-beverage-ual. I have a pull-out drawer in my pantry that holds coffees and teas, and it’s about equally divided. I allow myself one diet coke (8 oz) a day, but only take advantage of that every two or three days. I drink water like I was the Mississippi River, drinking up all its tributaries! Three or more 16 oz. bottles a day. With our heat and humidity, hydration is a necessity.

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      2. Oh, I’m sure you need to keep drinking – and that is the benefit of being home, you can be in charge of your hydration, can’t you? We are also in the middle of a heatwave though our temperatures aren’t as brutal as yours.

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