M.J. Lemon


Coffee Run - Poem by M.J. Lemon

You're coffee isn't perfect
fresh out of the box
We'll make it over
Almost to the stitch
1970s-grade nylon.
Weathered foam.
If it's still not perfect
It's vintage. It's not so
bad now...

Topic(s) of this poem: drink, life

Form: Found Poem


Poet's Notes about The Poem

A mash-up of two ads...sneakers, coffee...one idea, one vision.

Comments about Coffee Run by M.J. Lemon

  • Terry Craddock (1/12/2017 11:31:00 PM)


    Coffee Run Or Run On The Coffee?

    coffee run or run on the coffee
    running to get de desired coffee fix
    or breakfast back into de coffee
    stash with a few choices of instant;
    or a slightly more time demanding
    percolated which is sadly ignored
    in timed need for speed in the race
    haste to get something deadline done;

    evening time is relaxing time
    when at home in late evening
    enjoying a good brew all chores;
    through not a care in the world
    no worries if we have another coffee
    who needs to sleep all night through;

    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Coffee Run' by the poet M.J. Lemon.
    Dedicated to the poet M.J. Lemon.
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  • Terry Craddock (1/10/2017 5:45:00 PM)


    Coffee Makes Me Feel Good

    coffee is my daily fix
    I go through coffee
    like models go through clothes
    like desert camels
    go through water reserves
    none of my coffee stock lasts
    never lasts long enough to be vintage;

    Irish coffee could be a fix
    coffee with Irish whiskey
    coffee with Irish cream
    as in Irish cream liqueur
    with cream or nutmeg to taste
    what a breakfast mix to make in haste
    to fortify soul to run marathon work race;

    but I admit I rarely drink Irish coffee
    Irish coffee is banned in Saudi lands
    Saudi Arabia is alcohol intolerant
    but I do adore a coffee fix
    I could drink it with rum
    never have an upset tum tum
    a Mormon I cannot be;

    Mormons ban alcohol and coffee
    Mormons even ban teetotaling tea
    this declaration I will now celebrate
    with a stemming cup of coffee
    because coffee gives a taste good to me
    coffee makes me feel good happy
    coffee is a buzz joy in life to me;

    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Insired by the poem 'Coffee Run' by the poet M.J. Lemon.
    Dedicated to the poet M.J. Lemon.
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    Terry Craddock Terry Craddock (1/11/2017 3:32:00 PM)

    Yes I also have de coffee stash, with a few choices of instant or a slightly more time demanding perculated, which is sadlyy ignored in the need for speed in the race to get something done; enjoy your brew my friend :)

    Mj Lemon (1/11/2017 11:01:00 AM)

    Terry. thanks so much. This is amazing. I'm about to start the day and have three coffees in teh kitchen. I'll really now think about which one I want to brew, - rather than jsut reaching for the first. This is a great poem. Thank you so much.

  • Terry Craddock (1/10/2017 5:05:00 PM)


    coffee is my daily fix, I go through coffee, like models go through clothes, like desert camels go through water, none of my coffee stock lasts, never lasts long enough to be vintage; Irish coffee could be a fix, coffee with Irish whiskey, coffee with Irish cream, as in Irish cream liqueur, with cream or nutmeg to taste, what a breakfast mix to make in haste, to fortify soul to run marathon work race, but I admit I rarely drink Irish coffee, Irish coffee is banned in Saudi lands, Saudi Arabia is alcohol intolerant, but I adore a coffee fix, I could drink it with rum, never have an upset tum tum, a Mormon I cannot be, Mormons ban alcohol and coffee, Mormons even ban tea, this declaration I will now celebrate, with a stemming cup of coffee, because coffee gives a taste good to me. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (12/13/2016 12:10:00 PM)


    thank god for the Poet's Notes! and for this definition a la Google:

    Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry (a literary equivalent of a collage) by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning.

    unfortunately the new meaning of this poem is lost on me! ha ha.

    foam seemed to go with some 'modern designer coffees', which i don't buy, but otherwise...i was lost, flabbergasted, befuddled, and other synonyms for confused?

    i shall move on in search of another.

    bri ;)
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    Mj Lemon (12/15/2016 12:58:00 AM)

    I meant to say.....Well, you may actually have had an epiphany...

    Mj Lemon (12/15/2016 12:56:00 AM)

    Well, you make actually have had an epiphany. Not too long ago I hear one barista mentioning a 'designer coffee'. What is the (caffeine) world coming to?

  • Susan Williams (9/20/2016 4:55:00 PM)


    Oh, dear. I am not a coffee drinker but even so does one want coffee that old? Perhaps I would wear sneakers so I could run like the wind away from that steaming cup of... goo? You know what, Mj? I love your sense of humor! But I shall beware if you ever hand me a cup..... ;) (Report) Reply

    Mj Lemon (10/1/2016 10:03:00 PM)

    Goo? Or maybe mud Well, it was ground this morning! I would never think of serving coffee this bad, but I have actually experienced some over the years. Thanks for stopping by, Susan.

  • Moira Cameron (3/12/2016 10:12:00 AM)


    Intriguing and amusing. (Report) Reply

    Mj Lemon (3/12/2016 9:53:00 PM)

    Thank you so much. I couldn't have done it without the advertisers.

  • Bri Edwards (11/12/2015 4:07:00 PM)


    this ain't my cup of tea, but i'm going to hang up the laundry now. i'll put it into the November showcase, Section A, so the sheet and pillowcases will dry before nightfall.

    bri; :)
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    Mj Lemon (11/15/2015 9:34:00 AM)

    Thanks, Bri. The latest showcase looks great, as usual....

  • Melvina Germain (10/19/2015 7:02:00 PM)


    Well when we say vintage, all is well...the coffee has to be good then. I love the aroma, sometimes dislike the bitter taste but must still have a cupper...Excellent. (Report) Reply

    Mj Lemon (10/20/2015 11:24:00 PM)

    Agreed. Vintage is OK. It can actually be pretty good. But when vintage turns into 1970s-grade nylon.....that can be more than a problem....

  • Kelly Kurt (9/26/2015 12:53:00 AM)


    My instant coffee tastes like my sneakers smell, but it does what is supposed to.: -) (Report) Reply

    Mj Lemon (9/26/2015 8:59:00 AM)

    Hi Kelly,
    Thanks so much....And I'm not sure....are you describing great coffee, or the best coffee ever....and yes, reminds me of mine (brew, not instant) .

  • Sanjukta Nag (9/23/2015 12:32:00 AM)


    Great mash up of sneakers and coffee. coffee run. nice concept. (Report) Reply

    Mj Lemon (9/23/2015 11:39:00 AM)

    Thanks so much...I was and am amazed at how much of the marketing for coffee and sneakers does seem interchangeable.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 18, 2015



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