Coffee Beans Spilling Noisily

coffee beans spilling out
Brian Hogan

*Written in Gasworks Park in Seattle. The rule was that the phrase “coffee beans spilling noisily” had to be someplace in the poem.

She is tired from sitting 

Under the hot morning sun

Drained, like tea leaves in lukewarm water

She expected to fall apart when the letter came

To scream or get angry, or at least cry. 

But she new.  

Somewhere in her mind she heard the click of the teletype

And her patriot son was gone.

And she can hardly squeeze out the tears.

Hard, they fall, one by one

From raw, unwiped cheeks, 

Like coffee beans spilling, 

Noisily, into the afgan in her lap.

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Brian is a Writer, Clarity Coach, Filmmaker and Adjunct Professor who loves teaching and learning, and living in the uncertainty of it all.


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