According to BookBuzz’s literary calendar, Coffee Day is one to be celebrated “because, you know, so many great authors are fueled by coffee.” Probably this statement is founded on a grain of truth. How about you published authors, do you do your best work with coffee at hand? Is caffeine part of your inspiration?
My favorite poetry book in my office is Coffee Poems, reflections on life with coffee, edited by Lorraine Healy. I love many of the poems in the book as much as I love a good cup of coffee. Here is a poem I often read as I sip my first cup of the day:
in a white room;
then the silence
of sunlight seeps
into balsam shadows.
Steam is silence too,
Sipping over the brim
of bone china
in the coffee-quiet
This sketch was done on a paper bag. More than once we have held teacher-student conferences at Starbucks to plan strategies on starting assignments and projects. Coffee often fuels my students, and coffee frequently fuels me.
Raise your coffee mugs! Add sugar and cream if you must. All Hail King Coffee!