My Hot Coffee and I Were Supposed to Get Wild and Sexy, But…

I kicked Him out of my bedroom for three months. I craved his heat in my mouth in ways that felt indecent—and if you know me at all, then you also know that for “indecent” to penetrate my vocabulary, worlds must almost split in half first.

But this is not about Him… This is about a friend for whose cause I gave Him up for eleven weeks and thirty-one days. My friend needed help banishing a demon. I did nothing that cooked up my lungs, but I still wanted to support determination.

I carried determination on my shoulders, while my friend blew the stinky smoke of omission right into the back of my trust. Was I upset? A bit… Fine! I was about to burst with fire that wanted to blast into my friend’s lie; torch it out of his head until his eyeballs popped, and truth came leaking out of jagged ocular hollows.

My fire had as much to do with my friend’s deception, as this post has to do with my hot coffee and I getting all wild and sexy in a poem about the sensuality of preferred drinks. I didn’t get angry because he couldn’t quit the lung eater; fury masticated my bones because he masked truth… And I had craved my coffee for ninety-one days because someone decided (for me!) that disappointment would hurt me more than a fib.

sun-hidden, my Heart,
keep no anguish-full riddles:
frank amities bloom

Process Note on Steroids: I’m not into the habit of explaining my fiction or poetry. I believe poems and stories should be lived. But I feel the need to say that this wild haibun was inspired by something that has been happening since I began feeding my poetry to the cruellest month: some Wicked Luvs and a few new yummy readers have mistakenly deduced that all my poetry is autobiographical.

That alone isn’t a problem. However, many people who read “Dead Flowers and Torn Feathers”, for instance, were left heartbroken on my behalf—they thought I had just miscarried or had an abortion (my only pregnancies have resulted in kept stories and poems). Other creative works have received a similar kind of attention, but not of much worrying levels. Until yesterday… when some of the readers of “Melancholic Spreads” seemed to think I was drowning in depression.

I almost said nothing about the whole thing. But taking readers’ unfounded good wishes and compassion made me feel like a thief. I probably drove one of my best friends mad with the issue…. I asked other friends about it (some of their solutions left me roaring like a loon). In the end, I almost chose to not say anything. Then the poem above came flying out of my mouth, follow by the longest explanation that has ever inhabited this cyber-home.

I’m aware that there will be a few who will skip this torrent of reasons why. But for those who won’t… I promise I will never again write a clarification that is longer than the work it addresses. It’s just that… well, it’s early, you know? And I’ve yet to delight in the orgasmic gift, which is letting my lips be kissed by hot French vanilla coffee… So my words are coming out ellipsis heavy and… decaffeinated… And we all know what happens to a “Decaffeinated Witch”.

for NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero 2015, Day 18 – Coffee or Tea… or Do You Sip Both Ways? Write a sensual poem dedicated to coffee or tea or to both. Not in love with any of these beverages? Then dedicate it to your favorite drink or food.

“Abstract Music Coffee Art”, by Mariana Lazarciuc“Abstract Music Coffee Art”, by Mariana Lazarciuc

17 thoughts on “My Hot Coffee and I Were Supposed to Get Wild and Sexy, But…”

  1. I really like this form, though not being much of a prose writer, I usually bungle it myself–and I really like the images and personification. It took a dozen tries before my husband kicked the lung-eater. You are just masterful with your symbols and your similes here. And hey–my process notes are like novels! Better to provide the information for those who need it, than to mystify or mislead, imo. Thanks also for your prompts, which are so clear and inspiring–not sure I would have made it this far this month without them.

    • I’ve seen people give up (and try to give up) the dark puff… and it isn’t pretty. Yay! for your husband. I just roared at your “process notes are novels!” I suspect, I will be writing many wee novels in the poems to come. Some people are just worth the effort.

      And I’m so glad you’re enjoying the prompts. I’ve been enjoying all the great pieces this event has birthed. 😉

  2. Whew! There’s a different kind of committed relationship to talk about! I mean BOTH! My relationship to coffee is similar–though it doesn’t have art yet. But I’ve never given it up for anyone. Mind you, I’ve at times cut back to one cup a day or drinking it only in the morning. But decaffinating? The headaches and sadness weren’t worth the bother. “frank amities bloom”!

  3. LOL, I do believe your process note and recommend you not deny yourself a sip of caffeinated bliss any longer! That is a ache that you truly need to soothe!

    The piece was perfect, a fun statement on self-denial when it is not really born from our own desires, even when well intended.

  4. Poetry is neither fact nor fiction – I wish people would remember that when they read. Also that the speaker of the poem is a persona created by the poet…

  5. That was so sexy. I miss coffee so much! Have a steaming hot cup for me, please.
    It is nice that people were concerned for you, but you have said before that your writing is not autobiographical. Still, you caused them to worry for you, and it’s good writing if it can make the reader feel something. 🙂

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