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I and Thee: A Shakesperean RecurrenceBut soft, what light through yonder window breaks
‘Ere I plunge into deeper slumber, it bids me wake
Coaxing me from my own tomb that I hath hollowed
Purging me of the sentiments my heart hath swallowed
To my infatuation: get thee gone! Enough! No more!
This false foolish fantasy – ‘tis not as sweet now as it was before
This ludicrous chase, my eyes blinded by awe
Has made it difficult to differentiate a hawk from a handsaw
Shall I compare thee to a lethal serum?
A vial of nightshade that drives me to dreaded delirium
Deadly as the Hebona by which was slain the Danish lord
Rancorous as the venom that anointed Laertes’ sword
Thou art alike to the drug on which Romeo’s coin was wasted
That death-blessed drink from the apothecary’s poverty was purchased
Yet, thou art not entirely poison, no, not wholly
Thou art also similar to weapon, cutting truly
Akin thou art to the happy dagger plung’d into the heart of the witless Capulet
And to the traitor-h
if you need help making it through the dayremember:
The Coffee GodThe Coffee God behind the counter shuffles foot to foot, a dance of steam and espresso. Black painted fingernails, inch gauged ears and a gray striped sweatshirt, hood crooked on his back. There's a cigarette tucked behind one ear; it bobs and twitches with each step.
“Non-fat caramel latte,” he calls, just as he always does, part of a spell, part of a mantra, toneless (just a tuck at the end). I reach. He looks up.
The espresso maker hisses.
There's something like a grin, something like a spark, something like a shared secret linked eye to eye. When he passes over the drink (rough cardboard sleeve hot to the touch), he lingers. Our fingers brush, a shiver, a jolt, a ten-watt shock.
The Coffee God tilts his chin, shouts, “Hey, mind if I take my break now?”
and ducks around the counter without waiting for a reply.
He slips his cigarette between his lips without taking his eyes from mine. I follow him out the door.
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