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issue no. 9, winter 2002–2003


Coffee First

by Dory L. Hudspeth

The day begins with order
and quiet, broken
only by the small ringing
of the spoon against coffee mug.
If this small ritual goes well,
no spilling, no drips,
there is hope for the day.

Dory L. Hudspeth is an herbalist and co-owner of a business writing firm in Kentucky. Her poetry has appeared in a number of publications including Poet Lore, Thema, Wavelength, Potpourri, and Now & Then.

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