Roddy Williams – The Atheist Poet

Caffe Nero (2016)

I’ve saved my points for a caffeine pension
a free cappuccino.

They remain so far unredeemed
on the coffee grounds that at some
dark roast node of crisis
emotional or otherwise I
may be in sore need
of comfort at a cashless time

or when the Brexiteers
wheel out the excuses trolley
in the sorry season.
‘Sprinkle of chocolate tears, sir?
Dash of lime?’
‘No thanks.’

I’ll save them for the last one
before the coffee is deported
in favour of
some old bean
from a greenhouse in Cheam.

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