My Balm And My Elixir

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This feels like

A day to spike

The coffee


The day began

With thunder rolls

And egg-sized raindrops

Plopping and splashing

Into muddy puddles

The sky and landscape

Gray


Some days demand

Through gritted teeth

To have the corners

Rounded off

The sharp edges dulled

The rough spots smoothed


Other days

Are like this one

Beginning reluctantly

Passing relentlessly

Everything muted

Like the air turned to toffee


I lower my head

And close my eyes

My nose nearly touching

The dark brown pool

I inhale deeply

And the aroma fills me


My lips form a kiss

To sip the

Steaming sacrament


This will be

A religious experience

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© Copyright C. Price 2011. All rights reserved.

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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

Dude - I drink coffee because it rains, because it's Monday, because it's the afternoon, because it's breakfast, because because because....


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

I never drank coffee until I became the new-hire in a place where I assumed the task of making the morning coffee. I had to ask for the recipe!

Once I realized everyone but me got to stand around and BS for 15 minutes while I went back to work I acquired a taste for java.

And once I learned the magic of coffee "with a splash", for me the potential pleasures of the beverage were realized. In other words, it makes a good mixer!

Hey, I was a bartender, not a barrista.

CP


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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

I don't drink cofee less its the only thing available which rarely ever happens, but good hub! :)


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

HattieMattieMae, you must surely be the muse of onomatopoeia!

My intake of coffee averages less than a cup a day, but, when I do indulge, I like to savor the moment.

Thanks for dropping by.

CP


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

They used to say of Rossini that he could set a laundry list to beautiful music. You can write an awesome poem on making a cup of coffee.

Thanks for sharing.


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

christopheranton-

That is a wonderful compliment!

You make me laugh to think of an Artist's Hell with Rossini endlessly composing music for laundry librettos and me constantly revising an Aria au Arabica.

Thanks for perking me up!

CP


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

Lovely - make a hub about that vision, Christopher - and thanks for this one!


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

RedElf-

I like your thinking...every idea spawns another.

Thanks for your encouragement and comments.

CP


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Robwrite 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

I'd never thought of coffee as fodder for a poem. But that's a good thing because it's unusual. Poetry can be about anything that evokes feeling; even that first cup of coffee in the morning.

Nice job;

Rob


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Robwrite-

I've always believed that everything in life can be looked at from a different angle and seen in a new light. It is the editing and focus that reveal the essence and, with a bit of skill, creates Art.

Thanks for taking time to read and comment.

CP


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

I like the idea of some days "needing to have the corners rounded off". I hear ya, Chris. Sometimes the edges are too jagged.

I had to laugh when you mentioned coffee with "additives" in the comments. I like that kind of coffee too, especially during miserable rainy days. Peace my friend.


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Doug-

I'm beginning to think that most people miss the first three lines of this poem. It is, in essence, an ode to "Canadian Coffee" and the soothing medicinal effects it provides on those damp and dreary days that deny the existence of the long sought Spring.

And too, it does a fine job of smoothing out the jagged edges of a day carpeted with cactus.

Cheers!

CP


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jrsearam 5 years ago from San Juan, PR

The Steaming Sacrament would be a great name for a Cafe or coffee shop. I enjoyed the imagery, could almost smell the coffee....and the spike. Many blessings, JR


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

JR-

You may feel free to use the name should you decide to open that Cafe. Just slip me an "enhanced" mug of your finest dark brew and we'll be even.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you can take the time to look around, and that you'll find more to enjoy.

Peace.

CP


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

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Steaming sacrament? Wow! I just love this :-)))


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Greetings Dimi!

Today the weather is much like yesterday...and I am enjoying more sacramental blessings.

An aromatic mug and a welcome comment from you is a marvelous beginning to my day.

Cheers, my friend. :{)

CP


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Ah had it only been hot chocolate made from the mixture of light and dark fine Belgian bars, steamed with milk to a creamy perfection--whipped cream.....mmmm

Love the beginning reluctantly..passing relentlessly, could be the story of many lives. =:)


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Winsome-

I must confess that chocolate is my first love. I'll take mine with a healthy pour of Creme de Cacao or Kahlua, and topped off with fresh whipped Vermont sweet cream...

Oops, this just went from a sacrament to an orgy. It's all good! :{)

CP


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Some people really do feel that way about their Coffee, It's a Religious Experience! I loved this poem...you need to write more often from your Poetic Heart! Two Thumbs up!


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Thank you b. Malin.

Although I tend to give my writing much thought, I will try to keep my pen in my breast pocket!

I am very glad you liked this poem. I will encourage my Muse to move me more often.

CP


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Awesome turn of phrase even though as a Brit I much prefer tea. Even more sacrilegious, I like mine spiked with honey!


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Gypsy Willow-

I too enjoy a well brewed cup of Earl Grey, and Darjeeling and Constant Comment are pleasures I should allow myself more often. But to start an iffy day, I must confess a preference for something with a deep dark depth and laced with the familiar warming sensation of a smooth and mellow whiskey.

The honey would be welcome everywhere!

Thanks so much for taking time to comment.

CP


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Definitely too flimsy a drink to start an iffy day, though I do try to leave the hard stuff until the sun is down under the yard arm! Tea is best on a sunny day on a well mown lawn under a shady tree.

I will look out for your eulogy to a teapot soon.


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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

My day cannot start without that first cup. Although I drink coffee black without cream or any of the fancy stuff that baristas put in. You make drinking coffee such a sacrilegious yet sensuous experience.;)

Here's to more steaming sacraments,Cheers.


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Gypsy Willow-

Ah yes, to everything there is a season...and a time of day. But, after working as a bartender for 8 years, and observing my last call while watching out the window as the "civilians" trudged to their day jobs, I concluded "to each their own". And the sun is always under the yard arm...somewhere!

I do love the thought of "afternoon tea under a shady tree", but, if I am the one mowing the lawn, there had better be frosty cold beer in my near future!

I'll let the teapot eulogy steep a while longer.

Thanks again for your welcome participation.

CP


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

SilentReed-

As a long retired altar boy, I have bridged the span from saint to sinner and from sacrament to sacrilege on a fairly regular basis.

You are so right, the sensuous aspect of enhanced coffee in the morning is as enticing as its effects...the reassuring sound of perking, the slightly sinister sight of the steaming brown/black liquid, the made-for-one-another scent of the coffee and whiskey together with a splash of cream and a hint of vanilla, the feel of the nearly-too-hot mist of the first tentative sip and the wonderful welcome flavors confirming "life is good".

The "Confirmation" of spiked coffee is a sacrament I take part in religiously.

Cheers to you. :{)

CP


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi Christopher, i don't eat junk food, hardly drink and don't have any sugar any more so caffeine is my delicious crutch to lean on. I could taste it, smell it and i want to drink it now so i have to go and make one. Bye! PS nice to know you are firing again.


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

G'day Keith-

I don't think of my little vices as crutches, for me they are roller skates...less propping me up, more helping me sail along, smooth and easy.

I am quite healthy, and all vital signs are far better than they should be. So, at my age, I hesitate to abstain from any bad habits...it may upset the delicate equilibrium.

Cheers! :{)

CP


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Good for you CP!


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Thanks for your support, GW.

CP


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

I love it, CP. As a life-long coffeeholic, every magical sip is a religious sacrament. Your hymn to it is just right. Irish Coffee in New Orleans is something special, too, especially on a chilly damp day or evening with an imperative wind whistling off the Delta. UMMMMM!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, I am not one for drinking coffee a lot, but this has made me want one now! lol


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Nellieanna-

Though I have yet to enjoy the pleasures of New Orleans, I an sure that sipping Irish Coffee with you in any setting would be "something special".

I am partial to the light and mellow enhancement Canadian Whiskey lends to a hearty cup of coffee, and, living in the all too often "brisk" weather conditions of Vermont, I never need look far for a reason to indulge.

Cheers m'dear. :{)

CP


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Nell-

Ah, the power of suggestion! That's why every other advertisement on television has me craving pizza, beer and fast food every 12 minutes of the evening!

I can't say I drink a lot of coffee, but, when I do partake, I like to fully savor the experience.

Bottoms up! :{)

CP


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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

Would you happen to serve any chocolate cofee in this nice poetry coffee house of yours! :)


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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

sipping and savouring as i savour the hub cp.lovely combination.


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

HattieMattieMae-

I have heard it said that eggs are the "perfect food", but my vote goes to chocolate.

Though the mood-altering enjoyments of both chocolate and coffee can seem almost mystical, I prefer each individually rather than in combination...one sacrament at a time.

Were I to own a "poetry coffee house" you would be welcome to order what ever you like, and pay by reading from your latest composition.

I hear echoes of Kerouac and Ginsburg. I can dig it!

CP


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Neelesh-

I hope the combination of my jottings and your java was as satisfying for you as your comment is welcome by me.

CP


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

This one stuck home, here. My dearly departed Pappa loved his "Irish Coffee", called it his eye opener! I am a coffee fan, and am not above a little carpentry work on the day when called for...your creativity is splendid and I love that philosophy of "everything in life can be looked at from a different angle and seen in a new light. It is the editing and focus that reveal the essence and, with a bit of skill, creates Art.", the very philosophy that I embrace and live by! Great read!


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

tnderhrt-

I'll toast to your father with my next cup of "Joe-an-mo'", which should be about 13 hours from now.

Thank you for your much appreciated compliments. It's good to know we are simpatico and share the same artistic philosophy. I've tried to pare it down to its essence and come up with this:

The art of "Art" is in making the common uncommon.

I look forward to sharing what we come up with in our compulsion to create.

CP


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Awesome Christopher, Spiked coffee .....wow I got to try some one day. Nasty Spring around here huh?


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Ed, you've got that right! As Winter loosened its icy grip we awoke to find ourselves living in a rain forest...gotta keep the coffee on in case a Sasquatch with a chill drops by.

I do heartily recommend a splash of Canadian in the java. The warming effects are much enhanced.

Cheers.

CP


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Christopher, I live in my own time zone, I rule it flexibly, yet the time here is different day to day the beginnings remain the same, extravagant mail order coffee, that is darker roast than a night in the desert sans moon or stars with a covering of heavily laden clouds. The strength of the brew is like a cloud to cloud lightening dance that seems to go on for an hour, strong yet smooth it starts the pistons firing and gets the motor running for the day, I later add the Canadian Whiskey it seems to act as a governor preventing my having an over rev, slinging pistons out my ears making the sounds of Curly while Larry and Moe slap on his head.

If coffee tasted as good as it smells when a fresh ground batch is released from it's vacuum, we might eat it with cream, sugar and a spoon....

Dusty


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Hey Dusty, that special roast sounds like the perfect start to a well spiked mug of Canadian Coffee. I agree about the aroma from a newly opened container of good coffee...beats ice cream all to hell!

Cheers!

CP


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Chris - I love this! For one, I was born loving coffee. And I love the reference to rounding off the corners. My mother used to say, with a tone of regret, that "a parent can't pad the corners for her children".


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Ah, - You have such wonderful ideas, Chris! N'wahlins is the best place for Irish Coffee, except, perhaps Ireland, but I haven't had that experience. The Canadian Whiskey sounds good for the reasons you mention, though I might opt for a black label Jack Daniels or Wild Turkey just because it's so good and if I do drink, I want it to really be good! :-) I suppose to really be Irish, though, it ought to be Jameson's. (I only know about that from our visit to England. It was our hostess' favorite).

We're having such unseasonably chilly weather, this all sounds really good to me! It was in the low 40s last night and supposed to be 40F (breaking an all-time record for this date) tonight and only up into the 50s tomorrow (also a record-breaker). This may not sound all that chilly to you, but we'd been having a lot of 80s and 90s before this! I'd been wearing sandals and summer clothes! I'm back into my sweats! And of course- the awful storms have brewed all around us, but mercifully missed Dallas, though we have benefitted from much-needed rain. In the first 2 days of May, we've already had more rain than we had in the entire month of April!


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Ah Nellieanna-

I would like nothing more right now than to be sitting across from you in a cozy corner indulging ourselves with hot hooch-enhanced coffee and stimulating conversation.

We too have been experiencing a chilly rain-drenched Spring with no end in sight. Even our pets are looking depressed, but I refuse to share my LTD with the dogs, and my wife's parrot already has an attitude and would likely become belligerent!

So, for now, I shall dream of sunny days to come while toasting to you with a fresh brewed mug of spiked steaming sacrament.

Cheers, m'dear. :{)

CP


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Bottoms up!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

this the imagery and beautiful language of this poem


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

I'm afraid something was lost in translation PDX, but I appreciate your stopping by.

CP


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

i don't remember what I was trying to say. Something about how I enjoyed the imagery and beautiful language of the poem


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Thanks for clarifying PDX. I'm happy you enjoyed the poem and admire your persistence.

CP


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

The morning coffee seems to mark or herald many things. Such delicious words and metaphors in this delightful poem. A pure delight.


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Genna-

I am so glad to see you haven't abandoned hubpages completely.

Thanks very much for taking time to read and comment. Seeing your lovely visage smiling at me from your profile photo is also a delight. :{)

CP


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Oh my goodness! Now you've made me a worshipper of coffee again. For seven weeks I drank mostly tee with David - only one cup of coffee per day - first thing when I wake up in the mornings. Now its time to make a POT of pure grounded coffee again. It is surely a kind of religious sacrament... holy in nature. After all, tea drinkers feel just the same about tea.


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Martie-

My tea drinking increases with the onset of Summer and hot weather...iced tea is so refreshing, especially with a couple fingers of whiskey added along with the ice cubes!

By the way, your new profile photo is lovely. Your time with David certainly seems to agree with you. Peace and cheers.

CP


JinnyMarte 5 years ago

Ode to the coffee cup...nice


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

The cup is merely the vessel, it is the contents that make it worthy of note...sort of like the people who savor the steaming sacrament.

Thanks for taking time to read and comment.

CP


ThomasRydder 5 years ago

A poem about coffee..and a darned good one at that. CP, you are an artist, no doubt. So good, I just went to the kitchen and brewed a fresh cup. Is there anything better on a chilly fall day? Well met, my friend :)TR


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

WOW! This is good! ;-)


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Thomas, I thought I had already approved and replied to your generous comment. Oops!

I think I'll join you in the enjoyment of a cup of bracing brew. I must need it more than I knew.

Cheers.

CP


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Dimi-

I am flattered you returned for another round, and doubly happy your enthusiasm hasn't diminished with time.

I must admit this is one of my personal favorites...though it always makes me thirsty! :{)

CP


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

What a deliciously aromatic piece you offered up here. Where would most of us be without the coffee bean in our lives. I for one can't go through the day without my first two cuppas of morning brew. Although I must admit, my choice is Dark Roast Kick Ass java from Salt Springs Island in B.C. Canada. Other Organic java will do in a pinch. Your ode to the beautiful delicious taste of the bean was expressed beautifully, a very fine piece indeed my friend. Nice to see you back and thank you for the follow. You use to follow me as Saddlerider, but now I have taken on a new persona named Vincent Moore:-) peace and blessings to you my creative friend.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Oh yes I can taste that java. My day doesn't start until I have had my first coffee. :)


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Christopher Price 4 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Ken,

It's getting difficult to sort through your various pseudonyms and aliases, but it is always good to hear from you. I apologize for my belated response, but I have been uncommonly busy of late.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your comments and a cup.

Cheers.

CP


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Christopher Price 4 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Rosemay,

Thanks for taking time to read and comment.

CP


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Petra Vlah 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Hi Chris,

for me the day starts with a cup of coffee and a cigarette and so "the corners are rounded off" without much effort. It may not be the healthy way for many, but it works for me. You proved that anything (even the banality of a cup of coffee) can be turned into poetry if the writer has what it takes; YOU DO and I enjoyed the treat


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Christopher Price 4 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Ah Petra, it is so good to have you back...your recognition is bracing, your praise as welcome as a heartfelt hug.

Thank you.

CP


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Danakil 4 years ago from Maryport, Cumberland, UK.

I am VERY fussy about poetry - but that's a good one, and I approve the sentiment as well.


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Christopher Price 4 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Danakil-

I share your fussiness and appreciate very much your approval.

Thanks for taking the chance, and for commenting.

CP

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