How Do You Take It? (A Coffee Poetry Prompt)

coffee poetry promptThere  is  a man who beats me to the local coffee house at least once a week.  He's rugged, wears flannel and combat boots. His beard, unkempt and longish. His eyes, deeply inset. The barista asks him whether he'd like room for cream. He tells her cream  is only good when it's fronted by Eric Clapton, and catechizes that...

For the rest of this piece (and a bit of a writing prompt to boot), follow me over to Tweetspeak Poetry for our Coffee/Tea prompt series.

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September: Tea for Two (on smell memories)

Diving headlong into the world of tea can be disorienting. I know this firsthand.w Last week I decided to kick the coffee habit for a month and opted to replace it with a more refined and elegant beverage—tea. But as I visited the local market’s tea aisle, my head swam with the options—black teas, green teas, white teas, red tea, herbals. Where’s a fella to start?

Knowing I was overmatched, I called in the expert, my gem of a friend Lindi. Lindi has collected tea experiences from Arkansas to Tibet...

You can read the rest of this poetry prompt (and tribute to my friend Lindi) at Tweetspeak Poetry. Make sure to have your journal handy!

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September: Tea for Two (the diary of a coffee quitter)

I am a helpless, habitual coffee drinker. For the most part, I don’t drink yuppie, frothy coffee. No, I drink the black stuff, the kind that tastes like ash. I drink it like it’s a badge of American masculinity, I guess. My grandpa used to say, “real men take their coffee the way God intended it–black as night.”

Today I am at Tweetspeak Poetry, writing their found poetry prompt "tea for two." We'll discuss the British, the Japanese, and my cold-turkey coffee break. Click here for the rest of "September: Tea for Two (the diary of a coffee quitter)."

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