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A Coffee Break

I drink milky coffee
cos' I don't like it black.
It ain't because I'm weird
or stuff or anything like that.
I just like milky coffee
but when I asked for it
no one understood me
although I gasped for it.

I went into this burger bar
and asked the guy to make one.
He looked at me quite vacant
and asked me to explain one.
I said you tip some coffee out
and put a dropp more milk in,
but he just stood there gapin'
and said he couldn't do it!

I really hate hot coffee
and I ain't gonna lie
I'd rather eat asbestos
than let my poor tongue fry.
So now I'm drinkin' fruit juice,
to make like I'm discernin'.
They serve it at posh restaurants.
It stops my stomach churnin'.

Submitted: Monday, July 16, 2012
Edited: Tuesday, July 17, 2012


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  • Sj Holland (6/22/2013 7:11:00 AM)

    Humorous. I love coffee, all ways. Very funny about the guy at the burger bar.

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  • Danny Draper (8/24/2012 4:52:00 AM)

    A personal complaint nicely packaged in this witty gripe. Similarly in my country we are not affraid to utter the tones white or black and when in Europe last year constantly asked for a skinny flat white - being a coffee with skim milk. Only when I got to Belfast did a bloke in a coffee kiosk know what I meant. He too was discerning and had spent some time in Australia. You can get your coffee here any day. So get off the juice and come on down. That sounds ambiguous. Lol

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