Saturday, June 17, 2006

"Coffee's paradox"     [linked haiku]

the bean derives from
a so-called coffee cherry
a mountain berry

coffee is urban
the Arabs developed it
migratory brew

what's dark in the cup
becomes light in the step thus
coffee's paradox

the roasting gives it
an element of burning
all things end in ash

careful prolonging
of what is not yet ashes!
both coffee and life

if roasated too dark
(some dub this the Starbucks style)
does subtlety flee?

yet I like it dark
espresso of every kind
abstracts vividly

it's more a wine thing than a

nicotine is the
boon companion to a cup
of sober java

without coffee's jolt
would you be but a gleam in
this city's eye   friend?

coffee borrows from
tomorrow's energy-bank
a small installment

cream renders warm brown
what else is close to blackness
culture's compromise


Blogger Batul said...

I am not a coffee drinker, but I like the thought in these lines

coffee borrows from
tomorrow's energy-bank
a small installment

Sun Jun 18, 07:28:00 AM PDT  
Blogger david raphael israel said...

Perhaps you follow the "neither a borrow nor a lender be" philosophy ;-)
Like the credit card, it can be overused; but such a borrowing system has its advantages. Of course the same applies to chai! Caffeine being the agent-of-borrowing. The so-called ATP cycle (of biochemical physiology) is where the transaction occurs.

Sun Jun 18, 01:49:00 PM PDT  

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