I’m still working on my coffee poetry book, and I’m thinking about including this poem in the mix. I’m not sure yet, because I’m not positive it’s clear and understandable. If any of you who read it on here have an opinion about whether the point is clear — or confusing — let me know in the comments. Thanks. And — hopefully — you’ll enjoy it.
A CUP OF JOSEPH DANIELS???
I heard the story this way,
And perhaps it’s mostly true:
That way back when, in World War I,
Coffee’s popularity grew.
It seems a Joseph Daniels,
Navy Secretary then,
Made efforts strong to change some things
And bolster moral men.
He instituted new rules
So Navy guys would think,
And contemplate the consequence
Of inebriating drink.
Banned alcohol consumption,
And, naturally, that led
To stewards brewing coffee more
For sailors to drink instead.
According to the legend,
This mark the guys did toe,
But much disgruntled at their loss,
Nicknamed their coffee “Joe.”
5 thoughts on “A DRINK CALLED ‘JOE’”
OMG! That is awesome! Definitely include it in what you are writing!
Thank you for letting me know what you think. I felt like it was understandable, but since I knew the story before I wrote the poem, it was a little hard to be sure. I want to include it, but don’t want to leave anyone confused. 🙂
No! Definitely include it!!
I think it’s really good!
Reading a bit of history in poetry form was fun — no dull info. I never heard these facts before. Thanks for educating me.