A Plantation Legend

Northridge Review, Vol. 1.2 (1983)

Ricardo Means-Ybarra

You're like a coffee bean
warm-looking, and
you used to be very round.
Like java you're good to hold
you warm up the insides
whir and spark with energy.
You're comforting like jo
in the wee hours, and
the cold before work.
Like cappucino you can be intellectual, but
never snobby
like a double espresso.
You are a true bean, dear Sophie
and if I could brew in your cup
just a bit of my love
it would fly through your insides
and light up your lungs.

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