A New Lifestyle

People in this town drink too much coffee.

They’re jumpy all the time.

You see them drinking out of their big plastic mugs while they’re driving.

They cut in front of you, they steal your parking places.

Teenagers in the cemeteries knocking over tombstones are slurping café au lait.

Recycling men hanging onto their trucks are sipping espresso.

Dogcatchers running down the street with their nets are savoring their cups of mocha java.

The holdup man entering a convenience store first pours himself a nice warm cup of coffee.

Down the funeral parlor driveway a boy on a skateboard is spilling his.

They’re so serious about their coffee, it’s all they can think about, nothing else matters.

Everyone’s wide awake but looks incredibly tired.

– by James Tate

Via Big Skinny Brown


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