Diane Hine

Silver Star - 4,143 Points (25 July 1956)

Coffee - Poem by Diane Hine

The couple ordered flat whites in the café.
“I bet there’ll be spillage in the saucer”,
she said, watching waiters dash past the table.
“Well, there was a time, ” he said, “when pouring
hot coffee into your saucer was thought
quite acceptable. The tip, blow and sip method.”
“Really, ” she replied, “well, I like a dry saucer
and expect it, for four dollars and fifty cents! ”
A cappuccino whizzed past. “Half a cup of air, ”
she said dismissively, “coffee with bubblewrap.”
He smiled in reply. He really didn’t care.
Their waiter arrived promptly, saucers in hands.
His was set down first. A trickle of tan
slid down the outer white curve. “Waves, ” she exclaimed.
The waiter paused, second saucer in hand. “Ma’am? ”
Her smile was tight. “The forcing frequency of your gait
resonates with that of the liquid, causing waves.”
The waiter glanced at the gent, who smiled and shrugged.
“The solution, ” she said, “is to use a suspended tray.
A pendulum set-up would buffer…..”
At that precise moment, a bag-laden customer
brushed past, nudging the waiter’s arm and hand
which still held her saucer - white as white. The cup
was launched, flew briefly and dived into her lap.
She was stunned; momentarily nonplussed.
Hot but not too hot, she thought as liquid splashed.
Gasps from other tables; someone said “Awesome…..”
The gent patted the waiter on the back.
“Not to worry, ” he said, “I know for a fact,
she really didn’t want it in the saucer.”

Comments about Coffee by Diane Hine

  • (6/4/2017 8:44:00 AM)

    Little I know about science of frequency! But may be frequency of lady's thoughts brought the coffee in her lap! Enjoyed reading to the last line! (Report) Reply

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  • Preston Mwiinga (9/3/2016 4:12:00 PM)

    brovo! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! great works here (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (8/28/2016 1:13:00 PM)

    a good laugh at the end. not a big one.

    lovely story. lovely may be weak here.

    where, oh where has D.H. gone? at least the poems remain. her legacy!

    bri :)
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  • Pamela Sinicrope (1/26/2016 10:40:00 PM)

    I really enjoyed reading this narrative piece about coffee and its movement. All with a great ending. Well done. Bravo! :) (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/8/2016 2:37:00 AM)

    A nice story presented. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (8/1/2015 11:01:00 AM)

    Another entertaining piece. I quite like your narratives Diane. (Report) Reply

  • (6/4/2015 5:15:00 AM)

    Very witty. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (2/17/2015 7:53:00 PM)

    This had me laughing out loud!
    Wonderful writing!
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  • Alice Perfect (1/4/2015 1:05:00 PM)

    I love it!

    your mind is a box of jewels
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  • Daniel Brick (8/10/2014 8:53:00 PM)

    I just had to read a poem about coffee, which is my favorite beverage. I'm really a fanatic when it comes to coffee.
    But all fanaticism is just a sitting target to be shot down by someone with wit and an irony pistol. Fair enough!
    Actually the target of this satire is really the Starbucks-type coffee shop which charges us $3.75 for a beverage that costs 75 cents to make. Once again your deft humor hits the bull's-eye!
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  • Lyn Paul (1/3/2014 7:22:00 AM)

    How right you about the half a cup of air. I am a flat white girl myself. You can most certainly turn a simple coffee into a great script. (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (6/21/2013 8:51:00 AM)

    A very nice poem on Coffee. Who would ever
    dream that a drink like this would cause a
    stir as this. A really funny write. Need this good
    laugh. Thanks.
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  • (5/30/2013 8:45:00 PM)

    This made me laugh. I enjoyed it. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (5/20/2013 6:53:00 AM)

    Hhahahahahaa...made me smile, in such a cute story _Soul (Report) Reply

  • (5/20/2013 4:17:00 AM)

    She just likes it the way she likes it - Sally Albright style. A great yarn with some physics thrown in. That womans knowledge of such matters reminds me of some one? (Report) Reply

  • (5/14/2013 4:29:00 PM)

    You amuse with an air of realism, I'd hate to watch her wine tasting! ! (Report) Reply

  • (5/14/2013 11:40:00 AM)

    What a beautiful poem and what a a comedy in the end! Enjoyed Diane! (Report) Reply

  • (5/13/2013 5:18:00 PM)

    The coffee comedian! Great story, worth the price. (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (5/9/2013 1:03:00 PM)

    This is my 2nd read on Coffee, the first one was, WAITER, THERE'S AN ALLIGATOR IN MY COFFEE, and both are written in the same style...just involving! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (5/7/2013 12:20:00 PM)

    As you can well imagine we are all drinking from white as white plates on the ship.
    Pendulum method, I will advise the cook, what was his name again?
    I guess her coffee was called; Cafe au Fate.
    Nicely ground, funny stuff.
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 4, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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