C O F F E E

January 2, 2009
By Abby Current, Leesburg, OH

Ah, you coffee virgin.
Inhale smoke sweet as death
And just as hot.
Do you smell that?
It’s the sound of caffeine and vanilla
And maybe a Frenchman?
Like an oral IV
I get my fluids as I need them —
I’m not really awake,
Just pumped up,
A teenage-shaped balloon, and
A Splenda packet away
From half-conscious babble.



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