Coffee Correspondence

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A postcard sketch: pencil, watercolor, ink


Ode to a Glazed Donut

O your sugared stickiness
gleams from within the
display glass as if inside
an incubator

fast asleep from the perils
of mixers and deep-fryers
and the hands that
formed you

sculpted by a
smooth sheen of sweet
and lovingly laid
on paper

so the dough remains
porously tender
and warm, springy
and lush

How I imagine
the first nibble,
my teeth grazing
into that syrupy halo —

Of all the others
who call my attention
with stripes and sprinkles
that wink and perch
on beds of chocolate

I choose you,
O lustrous one,
for your golden glint,
your promise of simple
satisfaction


Bike ride

Under the El train
stereos pound
out from open doors
mattress shops and
pawnbrokers with big
commercial red lettering

Women push shopping carts,
slowly lurch toward
intersections
the heat of spring has died
down into wind which

rallies assortments of
bags into the air
and flaps shop signs
to and fro
(Madame Zenda Sees All)

We ride by, people
streaming in glimpses,
on their phones or
smoking or watching
with listless eyes

pavement that crumples
and pools from leaking platforms,
from the faded blue metal
that arches above
like a heartline
over Kensington


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