Coffee cools at a predictable rate

Illustration by Anya Lauri

Coffee cools
at a predictable rate
from the moment
it’s first placed
beside my bed

Way before
my befuddled brain
can command an arm
to find the smartphone
and check the time

sensitive lips
are able to say
how long it’s taking –
to struggle
from sleep
to morn

© Daniel Stephens, 2019

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