New Day

Reminded not too long ago that life is transitory, I begin each day in a slow deliberate way. After padding into our galley kitchen in slippers and robe, a morning ritual begins. Paper cone unfolded, fits inside the top half of a glass carafe. Five carefully measured tablespoons of fresh ground beans are placed inside. Two and one-third cups of boiling water held aloft, I pour just enough to saturate the grounds. And then I count. One-thousand-one, one-thousand-two, one-thousand-three. Moist grounds aerate thirty seconds as I lean in to inhale. Water held aloft again, ever so slowly poured, counterclockwise. Dark liquid foams and slowly seeps into the glass carafe. Filter empties, save wet brown clinging to its sides. Paper sieve discarded, I pour steaming hot elixir into a white ceramic mug. Anticipation rising, I pad my way to the study and sit for that first sip. Eyes closed, savoring the taste and scent. And now, journal and pen in hand, I write. Thankful for this new day.

Coffee beans grown in hot sun
roasted to robust, slowly brewed,
nature’s wake-up call.


It’s Haibun Monday at dVerse! Today Toni asks us to write a Quotidian. Quotidian means daily — refers to something that happens daily or that we use daily.

56 thoughts on “New Day

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) June 6, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    Oh I do love the detailed way you brew your coffee… I always have tea in the morning, and take my first cup of coffee a little later… but I do like to use my home-ground variety.. brewed carefully and oh that smell.

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    • lillian June 6, 2016 / 5:00 pm

      Tis my morning aromatherapy! 🙂


  2. kanzensakura June 6, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    Wonderful! You and Bryan are the rulers of the coffee pot. I like this ritual very much.

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    • lillian June 6, 2016 / 5:01 pm

      ah…how to make the mundane sound interesting to the reader — that is the trick. Will enjoy reading Bryan’s take on the cuppa Joe! 🙂


      • kanzensakura June 6, 2016 / 8:38 pm

        Unfortunately he didn’t write on it! I’ve read several of his poems on coffee. I love them all.

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  3. Victoria C. Slotto June 6, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    Excuse me while I go get a cuppa. That morning routine is such an important part of our lives, the first cup, for me, with David–then a second, with God. And the dogs! Love the detail in this.

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    • lillian June 6, 2016 / 5:02 pm

      something like the rub is in the details….or at least the aromatherapy is in today’s prompt! 🙂

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  4. Linda Kruschke June 6, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    Excellent detail of this one morning ritual. I lumped coffee in with everything else. 🙂 Between your haibun and mine I’m reminded of a t-shirt quote: “All I need is a little coffee and a whole lotta Jesus!”

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  5. AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack June 6, 2016 / 6:02 pm

    Geez, Lillian –
    I’m reading this when it’s well past the perfect coffee time
    I’ve moved on to decaf tea and possibly hot chocolate later if I deserve a sugar-free;) treat
    here I am salivating for your coffee because of these delicious words

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    • lillian June 6, 2016 / 6:06 pm

      mmmm happy to provide a little aromatheraphy for you here 🙂 Maybe read again in the AM — and this is the glory of that glass Chemex Coffee carafe! 🙂 Imbibe — inhale —


  6. Glenn Buttkus June 6, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    My wife does not care for coffee, but I do, so over the years, I’ve got out pf the habit of brewing it of a morning–but I’ll tell you what, I relish it when visiting friends who offer me a cup (though most of them like it too strong–I’m a milk & sugar kind of guy).

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    • lillian June 6, 2016 / 6:26 pm

      Of course you’re a milk & sugar kind of guy, sweet Glenn! 🙂 Smiling I am.


  7. Grace June 6, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    Love the details of the coffee preparation Lillian ~ I am eagerly anticipating the first sip too ~ And that’s a good wake up call to start a new day ~

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    • lillian June 6, 2016 / 11:24 pm

      I really do relish this slow preparation and ritual each morning…….taking time to savor the aroma, the making, the tasting, and the beginning of a new day.


  8. Bodhirose June 6, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    This is great, Lillian…so enjoyed witnessing your morning coffee regimen. There’s just something about the aroma of fresh brewed coffee wafting through the house…it feels quite comforting doesn’t it? Our coffee making is with a French press…no paper cone needed…super low tech and simple. We grind our own beans…fresh as you can get. 🙂

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    • lillian June 6, 2016 / 11:25 pm

      I love a french press too — but this chemex glass pot — just a simple carafe with a paper filter — no electric plug or buttons and those 30 seconds of resting are real aromatherapy! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed.


  9. jillys2016 June 6, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Such an intimate glimpse of that morning cup! We call it Elixor of Life and when someone asks me how I take my coffee, I make a fist and pump a vein 🙂 We are kindred coffee lovers! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Patti June 6, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    I love this. What a great way to celebrate a new day! And you get a good cup of coffee to celebrate with.

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    • lillian June 6, 2016 / 11:26 pm

      Ah yes…the slow making, the anticipation, the breathing in before that first sip. Thankful for every day.


    • lillian June 6, 2016 / 11:27 pm

      Tis a ritual and a way to apprciate the beginning of a new day 🙂


  11. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala) June 6, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    I pour steaming hot elixir
    into a white ceramic mug.

    It will certainly trigger off the creative juices into high gear. Truly said Lilian!


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    • lillian June 6, 2016 / 11:28 pm

      I truly love my morning coffee making as much as the drinking! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the scent with me 🙂


  12. kim881 June 7, 2016 / 4:00 am

    Lillian, I coudl smell the coffee in your haibun! I’m with Bjorn on this one: I always have tea first thing in the morning, and then drink a mug of mocha a little later. However, while we were in Italy, I did drink more coffee, mainly because of the wonderful aroma!

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    • lillian June 7, 2016 / 7:14 am

      That aroma is enticing! And the electric pot just doesn’t waft it as well.

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  13. maria June 7, 2016 / 4:52 am

    Wow! I love your vivid description, Lillian. You remind me so much of a favorite professor of mine who talks about coffee with love. Great haibun!

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    • lillian June 7, 2016 / 7:15 am

      Glad it was a favorite professor connection — always happy when a reader can make a leap and a connection. Happy morning to you, Maria! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed this one.


    • lillian June 7, 2016 / 10:21 am

      Instant coffee crystals are to bake with — the only way to imbibe them 🙂


    • lillian June 7, 2016 / 10:22 am

      So glad you enjoyed! 🙂 Am sipping my second cup now.


  14. Bryan Ens June 7, 2016 / 8:31 am

    I debated writing about coffee. I’m glad that I didn’t, because you did such a fantastic job of it! And yes…freshly ground is the way to go!

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    • lillian June 7, 2016 / 10:22 am

      Nothing like aromatherapy in the early morn! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed.

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  15. Nan Mykel June 7, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    Gee, I think I’ll hafta re-think my coffee-free life! Can’t miss out on something that good!

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    • lillian June 7, 2016 / 9:19 pm

      The aroma, the process of the making, the sipping, and the imbibing! 🙂 All is good 🙂

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  16. Imelda June 8, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    ah, your coffee is strong. 🙂 Your post reminded me of my morning coffee, too, and of that time long ago when there were coffee trees all around our house. My grandmother used to pick the coffee berries, hull, clean, and dry the beans under the sun. When the beans were ready, she would roast them herself then ground them up with an old fashioned mill that attached to her table.

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    • lillian June 9, 2016 / 1:36 pm

      Oh Imelda, thank you so much for stopping by. I love reading about your grandmother and the house with your coffee trees — what a wonderful memory to share with me. Truly appreciate it. And yes, I love my coffee strong — aromatherapy as well as delicious sips. Please stop by again.

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  17. Rosemary Nissen-Wade June 11, 2016 / 4:16 am

    Coffee (from real beans!) and writing – what could be better to start the day?

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  18. katiemiafrederick June 13, 2016 / 10:49 am

    NatUre’s high oF
    Stimulant BeanS
    breWinG miNd
    and boDy sMiLer
    iN colorS
    sugar cubeS
    deliGht tongueS
    hiGher Art oF liFE..

    FaLL oF thE
    iF Y i DrinK Coffee..;)

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