following the scent of warm, diluted coffee
leading you to a chain cafe with its branded cups and its
falsely frothed milk.
Don’t you know that the best part is the rich, roasted aroma
of the beans being ground, finely, into a dust of awakeness and camaraderie and
the spike of toe-tingling caffeine that puts springs on your feet
and clocks in your head
– even without tasting.