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A Cup of Coffee

It was something like night time;
half past nine o'clock and fully dark--
I remember how the winds blew,
the trees outside shook with winter
and it was cold for quite a while--

I watched how the frost nibbled
at the oncoming guests, none alike,
holding onto their gifts so proudly--
I wonder, what was even so important
that they would wade through snow?

The smell of grandma's home brew,
put my mind at ease, never bitter--
never once bitter, or too strong,
or too mild, it was as if she knew--
the troubles I would endure.

All my cousins, and their cousins,
uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces,
three and four generations together--
dishes and furniture would break
and all together, a hypocritical chant.

These pretenders and false believers,
like vultures that glide for a meal--
I shake my head, my hands tremble,
I long for rest though it is hours away,
another piece of cake and a smile.

Another sip of the Colombian blend,
the taste is sweet, my throat, soothing--
my lips feel honest and serene,
nothing can take this from me--
no, not even this empty crowd.

There is a great deal to speak of,
judgement is passed with the salt--
I do not wish to hear their voices,
for their problems are all my fault--
and I, must seal up like a vault,

more ripples in my cup of coffee...

Copyright © Marcello Colasurdo

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  1. Date: 5/19/2010 11:16:00 AM
    A second featured write for you this week! Way to go! Keep on writing. Karen

  1. Date: 5/19/2010 8:04:00 AM
    I love it, really love it! I just drank a cup of Columbian and it was very tasty. I like how the rhyming scheme flows in this piece also. Great job! Joseph

  1. Date: 5/18/2010 12:10:00 PM
    Many congrats on another wonderful featured piece this week. Rgds Janette

  1. Date: 5/17/2010 5:44:00 AM
    Congratulations on your multiple poetry being featured this week Marcello. What a wonderful way to start out at PoetrySoup. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/17/2010 4:26:00 AM
    I would like to welcome you to PoetrySoup Marcello. Wishing you the best in your writing endeavors. If you have questions please feel free to ask anyone here. We are all willing to help and if we don't know the answer we will find someone who does. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/16/2010 9:16:00 PM
    oops, God..BG

  1. Date: 5/16/2010 9:15:00 PM
    Im new to your work, but this is so full of what life can hold. thank Bod for coffee. Congrats on being featured. BG

  1. Date: 5/16/2010 3:53:00 PM
    Wonderful writing here, Marcello ... I smell that brew ... smile ... Welcome to PoetrySoup and congratulations on having your poem featured this week !!

  1. Date: 5/16/2010 2:29:00 PM
    Good job.

  1. Date: 5/16/2010 12:36:00 PM

  1. Date: 5/16/2010 8:02:00 AM
    These thoughts are so familiar....what a wonderful expression of family gatherings, and introspection. Loved this!

  1. Date: 5/15/2010 8:29:00 PM
    I once felt like this so I enjoyed reading this poem. I wish I had had a grandma who served great coffee to help me get through the ordeal. Very nicely written and I liked the last line! Annie Cook/Ruth Meyer ( also a new poet)

  1. Date: 5/15/2010 5:04:00 PM
    Nicely written. So, I'm guessing you don't like the family get-togethers... lol :-0

  1. Date: 5/15/2010 2:38:00 PM
    Strong seventh stanza gives reader pause to ponder his or her own relationships. I really like the closing line--a coffee fan myself. You may want to classify this as free verse. The Soup staff doesn't read poems that are under I don't know. You can go to the my poems section and select this poem and then use the edit button. This is an awesome poem. Welcome to Poetry Soup! I hope you enjoy your time spent with us. Best wisehes with your writing. Karen