No More Coffee Blues

No More Coffee Blues


I love coffee

Always have


And coffee has loved me back

But lately I have sourced on her

Soured on the whole coffee scene


On the harshness of the morning brew

And the promises it makes


As I sip of its nectar

Drawn into its lair


Drinking drop by drop

As the caffeine takes over


Rewriting my every nerve

Turning me into a slave

For its perverted pleasure


Yes, I love coffee

But I am afraid


Coffee is a harsh mistress

Demanding so much of me


Promising the sun

And delivering the Moon


As I drink her swill

Deeping under her influence


I have the coffee blues

Can’t live with our her

Can’t live with her


I try

But tea does not cut it

Not really


Booze does not do it

At least not in the morning


Yoga is not enough of a buzz

Nor is the runner’s high


And I am afraid deadly afraid of cocaine

And speed and drugs and energy drinks


And so I remain a slave to coffee

My only legal drug


As I sip another and fall under her seductive spread

Once more failing my resolve


To skip coffee for that day

That morning that moment


I shall never be free of her spell

Ever and she knows it


As she beckons me

Every morning with her intoxicating smell

Jake Aller
John (“Jake”) Cosmos Aller is a novelist, poet, and former Foreign Service officer having served 27 years with the U.S. State Department in ten countries - Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Korea, India, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent, Spain, and Thailand. and traveled to 45 countries during his career.  Jake has been an aspiring novelist for several years and has completed three novels, (Giant Nazi Spiders, the Great Divorce, and Jurassic Cruise) and is pursuing publication.  He has been writing poetry all his life and has published his poetry in electronic poetry forums, including All Poetry, Moon Café, and Duane’s Poetree and literary magazines.   He is looking forward to transitioning to his third career – full-time novelist and poet after completing his second career as a Foreign Service officer, and his first career as an educator overseas for six years upon completion of his Peace Corps service in South Korea. 



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