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A Miracle For Breakfast - Poem by Elizabeth Bishop

At six o'clock we were waiting for coffee,
waiting for coffee and the charitable crumb
that was going to be served from a certain balcony
--like kings of old, or like a miracle.
It was still dark. One foot of the sun
steadied itself on a long ripple in the river.

The first ferry of the day had just crossed the river.
It was so cold we hoped that the coffee
would be very hot, seeing that the sun
was not going to warm us; and that the crumb
would be a loaf each, buttered, by a miracle.
At seven a man stepped out on the balcony.

He stood for a minute alone on the balcony
looking over our heads toward the river.
A servant handed him the makings of a miracle,
consisting of one lone cup of coffee
and one roll, which he proceeded to crumb,
his head, so to speak, in the clouds--along with the sun.

Was the man crazy? What under the sun
was he trying to do, up there on his balcony!
Each man received one rather hard crumb,
which some flicked scornfully into the river,
and, in a cup, one drop of the coffee.
Some of us stood around, waiting for the miracle.

I can tell what I saw next; it was not a miracle.
A beautiful villa stood in the sun
and from its doors came the smell of hot coffee.
In front, a baroque white plaster balcony
added by birds, who nest along the river,
--I saw it with one eye close to the crumb--

and galleries and marble chambers. My crumb
my mansion, made for me by a miracle,
through ages, by insects, birds, and the river
working the stone. Every day, in the sun,
at breakfast time I sit on my balcony
with my feet up, and drink gallons of coffee.

We licked up the crumb and swallowed the coffee.
A window across the river caught the sun
as if the miracle were working, on the wrong balcony.


Comments about A Miracle For Breakfast by Elizabeth Bishop

  • Gold Star - 128,649 Points Susan Williams (12/18/2015 2:27:00 PM)

    How does she do it? She sees things we should see- feels things we should feel- but thankfully she writes them into our souls- He stood for a minute alone on the balcony
    looking over our heads toward the river.
    A servant handed him the makings of a miracle,
    consisting of one lone cup of coffee
    and one roll, which he proceeded to crumb,
    his head, so to speak, in the clouds- along with the sun. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 158,208 Points Fabrizio Frosini (7/11/2015 5:32:00 AM)

    An inspiring piece of writing (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 538 Points Brian Jani (5/3/2014 5:55:00 AM)

    I enjoy your poems very much (Report) Reply

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