Mid-day coffee, garden path northeast of Phoenix

PHO sky in coffee

Mid-day coffee, garden path northeast of Phoenix

Sun is a small white speck on the liquid’s curving edge
Halfway down the paper cup. In the depths

The trees are turning, turning on the caramel sky
That has already consumed half the day.
.
Wakefulness branches out across the surface
Of consciousness.Inside the hotel, thousands

Of my colleagues are putting a lid on such thoughts
To walk quickly to the next meeting. I will leave

It all uncovered, walk more slowly than I need,
Carry the sky inside like an open notepad.

8 thoughts on “Mid-day coffee, garden path northeast of Phoenix

  1. Varuna Sharma

    Beautiful. I have this habit of observing things and drawing stories and conclusions related to my life out of them. Makes me feel peaceful and also it feels like things are ever connected, that there is a place for what I feel in the chaotic world.

    Reply
    1. Jeff Schwaner Post author

      Thanks Harry! I may have gotten more from literally outside the conference than some — there were many talented and dedicated investigative reporters and editors who brought a lot to, and took a lot from, that week. Many were more sane than me when it came to mid-day hot coffee in a 116 degree cactus garden…but to me it was worth exploring as well…

      Reply
      1. Jeff Schwaner Post author

        Yes! I spent a decade in South Carolina and know that other heat all too well. It was a wonder to walk a part of the planet where you could still go outside with temps that high.

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