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Issue # 5 September 2011
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Jeff Jeppesen


Coffee, Like a Hole

Looking out the window as coffee cups fall from rain clouds
to smash on pavement,
wondering if you'll find lost keys today. Or tomorrow.
And it's certain the white-patched, black cat knows an answer;
he always does.
In a closet filled with sleeping bags and heavy soled
shoes, way in the back
behind an unstrung tennis racquet
and the power supply to a long dead laptop,
there is another answer.
Needing a cup of coffee like a hole in the head,
pour away into a thick, orange-glazed
mug that feels so heavy in the hand.
Outside the rain keeps crashing down.