Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Before Coffee


For I have known them all already, known them all:—
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons...

T. S. Eliot

...trudged the grey half mile to the coffee shop after an unproductive morning hour or two at home...waiting in line, glanced at the soup of the day...Sacred Lentil with Spinach...felt impressed...though soon realizing it actually said spiced lentils...which was just as well....not sure if I’d actually want to eat sacred lentils...worrying, wondering whether contact with my dentally-challenged mouth would defile hot soup better offered up to a goddess......though that’s a bit metaphysical for me, particularly before coffee...

May no fate wilfully misunderstand me
And half grant what I wish and snatch me away
Not to return. Earth's the right place for love:
I don't know where it's likely to go better.

Robert Frost

....unless it were an earthly goddess...the only kind of goddess I believe in, really...(for that matter, really don’t go much for ideas of the sacred that exclude my crumbling teeth)....and might be nice, I think, to buy her some sacred lentils, sip coffee at our little table by the window, and with her watch the first drops of rain make their way to the sidewalk...

10 comments:

Meredith LeBlanc said...

So beautiful, sacred words for the Mother Earth.

Sadly, lentils do not feel sacred in my belly.

Y is for Yogini said...

Luscious...especially the last paragraph.

earthtoholly said...

Hmmm, spinach, your teeth and a date with a goddess. May wanna skip the lentils, drjay. Or maybe, just don't smile. But definitely keep that date... .

Uh-huh, I like that last paragraph, too.

the walking man said...

one of the nicest things about earthly goddesses is walking a few feet behind them.

Lydia said...

That's a beautiful post, drjay! I know the sign didn't really say sacred lentils, but your seeing it that way and telling us about it will from now on make me think of that description when I see/consume them.
You are back to drinking coffee? I couldn't imagine giving it up forever...

Melissa said...

there is no life before coffee

the feeling lioness said...

the blog title made me think that you must be giving some special kind of yoga instructions for cynics here
haw haw

but this is nice cheerful stuff

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Brittany said...

Love this post. Love Robert Frost and love coffee :)

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