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.”
I’m working on a new coffee poetry book. It will include a little more than poems though. I think I’ll use several of the coffee photos and quotes that I used in my coffee lovers journal and intersperse them between the poems. I’ll have to see how the plan works out. Right now, I think it is destined to be more of a “coffee table” book [no pun intended :)] with full color inside. I have loads of coffee poems already written of course, but I have to write some new ones as well. Today, I thought I’d share one of the newest — hot off the press, so to speak.
MY BEVERAGE OF CHOICE
I have a great respect for milk and tea, And I drink both of them occasion’ly. I’m not a snob, though some may think me so; It’s just that I’ve a favorite drink called ‘Joe.’
It’s quite a nickname, that, and quite a tale Of how it came about, but truth to tell, That story isn’t pertinent to this rhyme, So I will share it all another time.
For now, I’d like to focus on my cup. Its freshly-brewed aroma lifts me up. The coffee’s hot and black and medium roast. To celebrate, I’ll make a tasty toast:
To coffee, life’s elixir, piping hot ⸺ The energizing drink that hits the spot. But comforting as well; it soothes my soul. My beverage of choice: it wins the poll.
Life gets so busy, and I’m finding it harder and harder to post on the website the way I used to. I miss it. And I decided today that it has been entirely too long since I have written some cinquain — or since I have written about coffee. So I decided to combine the two subjects and here’s what I came up with.
I need A pick-me-up. And I know what will work: A cup of fragrant, fresh-brewed joy — Coffee!
It’s great At any time. One cup won’t be enough. I feel inspired to brew up a Full pot.
Well, here we are to the big love day and my final Coffee Valentine. I hope these light-hearted messages of love have added to your celebration of Valentine’s Day and to your enjoyment of great coffee. 🙂
COFFEE VALENTINE # 7
Your love is like the world’s best coffee. I just can’t get enough of it, so I’m ordering refills for life.
Can you believe we are already smack-dab in the middle of February of this new year? And everyone knows what February means: Hearts, flowers, chocolates, and love songs — and coffee, right???? Yes? No?
I say, “Yes.!” Of course coffee is one of the great loves of my life, so naturally when celebrating love, I include coffee as my beverage of choice.
And I’ve just been thinking: We should have us some coffee valentines. So … true to my unique — or should we say “off- the-wall” — character, I’ve decided to post a few of the aforementioned sentiments during the next few days. Below, you will find Coffee Valentine # 1.
COFFEE VALENTINE # 1
Wow, you’ve made a huge splash in my life! Will you please be my Valentine?
I decided it’s time I wrote about coffee again, and I like to challenge myself to write about a common topic in an uncommon way. So I’ve decided to close out January with a 3-day challenge to myself to write a brand new coffee cinquain for the last 3 days of the month. And if any of my viewers would like to join the challenge, you are very welcome to do so. Just write your own coffee cinquain on your own site and hop over here and put the link to it in the Comment Window below. If you’re not familiar with cinquain, you can find an explanation on my poetry site at this link: Ahyoka/Cinquain.
So let’s get started with Day 1’s poem.
Is starting right:
My coffee’s black and hot,
My cup entwined in happy leaves.