Outside In

Stainless steel body and lid
small glass knob at top
black cord with electric plug
wake-up percolates
like ideas
poets play with words
children plot make-believe
imaginary friend or foe
hands slap high-fives
or hit
metal basket filled with grinds
crushed to bits, tampered down
tempered up with heat
bubbles clear then dark
then darker still
anger boils over
outside glassed in walls
balance shifts in hand
to pour the pot
pungentΒ morning elixir
eyes wide shut
as outside
the world explodes.


I”ve taken a different approach to the Daily Post Photo Challenge: Inspiration. Although there are many things that inspire my living and my love (family and my spouse of 45 years at the top), it seems that my morning cup of coffee beside my journal, at a carved-out early time in the AM, inspires my words. And so, a photo of my coffee and the words it inspired this morning.

7 thoughts on “Outside In

    • lillian August 3, 2015 / 9:50 pm

      So glad you liked it, Sylvain, and many thanks for the invitation. Right now, the Daily Post Photo Challenge is the only Challenge I do — and only if it inspires the words for me to write a poem that goes with a photo of mine. Am mainly a word tinkerer who enjoys photos! Most of the time for my blog is spent in journaling, writing down snippets of ideas, writing poem drafts and then reworking till I’m comfortable to post.
      So I truly appreciate the offer and will hope to join you one of these weeks when time slows down a bit πŸ™‚

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  1. AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack August 4, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    Morning Lillian.
    Ah, I see you’ve written here today – a brilliant piece about our dear mutual friend. And once again, you’ve added sumptuous imagery and created colorful intersections where life and belongings meet.
    Happy Tuesday!

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian August 4, 2015 / 12:13 pm

      On my second cup — and the ideas this morning have been percolating! πŸ™‚
      Your words my friend, it seems your words should be a poem in themselves…..”the sumptuous colorful intersections where life and belongings meet”……….I may steal those words for another day! πŸ™‚ Happy Tuesday indeed…..son and family arrive today! Happy I am! πŸ™‚


      • AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack August 4, 2015 / 12:26 pm

        Steal away!
        Hey, you enjoy your wonderful family, Lillian – always better than penned words or fabricated images are the voices, embraces and company of family.
        Happy Tuesday – here’s to hot coffee and warm hugs!!!!

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    • lillian August 4, 2015 / 2:50 pm

      Always like to chat with another coffee lover! Maybe I’ll see you tomorrow over my morning cup? πŸ™‚


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