IN THE CAFÉ, WARMING UP FOR POETRY MONTH

IN THE CAFÉ WARMING UP FOR POETRY MONTH

 

Do this first—this writing business. Sit here

with the starry-blue pen, composition

book. Every other thing can wait—laundry,

for example, paying the bills, thinking

about food for dinner. There are flowers

on the tables and the sills. The china mug

is green. The coffee is good, black, bitter.

But there is a problem today. The old

problem: the ideal place, the Time to Write

might not invite inspiration. You need

more than ink and time and sitting still

and black coffee. The muse feeds where she wills.

The hands on the tower clock move past ten.

You never know when she will come again.

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