Mark R Slaughter


Coffee Courage


The bitter coffee kicked;
I shook and then I licked
My lips and gave a sigh.

Shattered eyes encouraged,
I nearly had envisaged
Waking up an eye.

Another sip; a jolt –
Not unlike a bolt
Of wattage from the mains.

My sockets under strain,
I tried it once again:
Aha! The light, the searing white –
My God, the bloody pain!



Copyright © Mark R Slaughter 2009










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Courage, courage, coffee courage,
Courage, courage, courage,
Courage, courage, coffee courage,
Courage, courage, courage,

Courage, courage, coffee courage,
Courage, courage, courage,
Courage, courage, coffee courage,
Courage, courage, courage,

Submitted: Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Edited: Sunday, May 08, 2011

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  • Joseph Sanchez (4/28/2014 11:21:00 AM)

    I remember in my forties, I had to address an audience of 200 people for a work related lecture. I had the jitters to say the least. A senior member of the team advised me to eat 2 or 3 teaspoons of coffee, together with drinking a strong cup. I couldn't wait to get out there.
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  • Stephen Stirk (11/6/2009 3:39:00 AM)

    I remember in my forties, I had to address an audience of 200 people for a work related lecture. I had the jitters to say the least. A senior member of the team advised me to eat 2 or 3 teaspoons of coffee, together with drinking a strong cup. I couldn't wait to get out there.
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