La Commedia Divina De Caffe by Dianalee Velie

                                                                     ….I have measured out my life with coffee spoons….

                                                                        from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

TS ELIOT

 

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PARADISIO

Coffee paradise encompasses all of Italy.

The aroma of caffe, rich dark espresso

with perfect freshly pressed froth on top,

is not sipped but chugged from shot glasses

while standing at a bar. Divine words

are not sufficient to describe this pleasure

unless you are ordering a doppio or double.

Then beatific and miraculous reign appropriatly.

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PURGATORIO

The Madonna must have invented

the macchiato, the not so pure espresso,

with a dollop of foamed milk

sitting atop like a halo,

or the cappuccino, more mellow

than the macchiato by the addition

of steamed milk. These drinks, as smooth

and gossamer as angel wings, beg forgiveness

from a true coffee connoisseur.

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III
INFERNO

If you want to commit all the deadly sins

of a coffee addict, sip the decadent Borgia

the richness of lust and intrigue,

fitting for the family of which it is named,

will tickle your sinful sensibilities.

Wicked whip cream tops a mixture

of espresso and hot chocolate

sprinkled with cinnamon

and slim slivers of orange peel.

Go to hell with the Borgias.

Enjoy Yourself!

 

BIO: Dianalee Velie is the Poet Laureate of Newbury New Hampshire where she lives and writes. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and has a Master of Arts in Writing from Manhattanville College, where she has served as faculty advisor of Inkwell: A Literary Magazine. She has taught poetry, memoir, and short story at universities and colleges in New York, Connecticut and New Hampshire and in private workshops throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Her award-winning poetry and short stories have been published in hundreds of literary journals and many have been translated into Italian.