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coffee jazzO

OK so I did it. I accepted my own challenge and took a few minutes today to write and revise a poem with the prompt “coffee and jazz.”  This is very rough but this is what I came up with. What do you think? What did you write today?

First Cup

Before the first cleansing breath

I yearn for you

Your smell

The way you caress my tongue–

You infuse me with sunlight

Ignite my morning,

start the syncopated rhythm,

the bass, hum and skat

Behind my eyes.

by Maria James-Thiaw


If you’re free tomorrow and in the area, stop by the Strand Theater between 11 and 6 for the Small PRess Expo. It’s in York PA. It will be awesome. I’m doing a short workshop and a reading. So many great voices will be there. I hope you can make it.expo