BY JAN HAAG

POETRY + ESSAYS + MUSIC + TRAVEL + FICTION + TEXTILE ART

INTRODUCTION + HAAG'S BIO





COFFEE

5-17-00





Early in the morning
the coffee machine breathing in
breathing out...

Out of bed again,
the terror mounts...
Another day...
Life growing more and more expensive,
expensive in dollars and cents
and sense and fear
and age and creation...

The U.S.A.
constituted to produce
anxiety...

The declining body aches
ages with besotted memories...
Memory ageing, clouding,
dissolving.

The coffee machine breathes
in and out, in out, and
urinates its black brew,
to be sucked up to
course along the veins...

Older now, older with the sweetish
smell of age? of old? of the pulp mill?
the coffee? a bad liver?

Breathe for me, O coffee machine,
zap the brain, tickle the mind
turn on Word and Start-up
in the poetic mode,
tease the creative tooth.

Terror, fear, disgust, offense, anger,
vomit -- all the offal sells better:
sell, sell, sell!!!
ItUs a new regime
skirting the hypocrisies
of the gentler, nobler age
I grew up in.

WeUre back to Genghis Khan,
forward to Mohamed the Muslim,
world conquerors riding in
on stock options,
beheading the rest,
making life too expensive
to live
for those who only want to
breathe
a little coffee,
a little coke,
the nothingness
of a pleasant day, a mild evening.

"We have known this world before,"
cry a few historians of the race.
World conquest is back in fashion
in disguise.
Four or five masters,
the rest slaves
begging even seed from
corporate oligarchs.

Is it end of the race?
They never did learn
that the many
can support the few
only so long;
then the world
crumbles:

Angkor Wat
Machu Pichu
civilizations of dust
in the Tarim Basin

Gone, gone,
all gone.

The coffee has stopped breathing
in the pot.
The caffeine embalms my veins.
for ten minutes more --
then blissful
death.








Copyright © 2000 Jan Haag
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Jan Haag may be reached via e-mail: jhaag@u.washington.edu




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