MAP #88



II. Featured Poetry Theme: Coffee Houses I've Known and Loved

1. Whole Bean by Timotheos

The Bean, the Whole Bean,

And nothing but the Bean,

With the safe serene scene,

With the aroma

Of specialty coffee and poets

Who put your mind into a coma,

Where I started my poetic journey,

As the coffee keeps percolating,

And the cappuccino machine exhales,

Our sacred place of thought,

Place in rhyme, place of time,

Place where poets put their heart on the line,

To speak what's really on their mind,

And to find that they are speaking

What we really have been thinking,

And as Nikki get people there drinkin'

Lyrics, rhyme, singing,

As we drink gallons of java to dirty-up cups

To wash in the sink and

Where I started my poetic journey,

As the coffee keeps percolating,

And the cappuccino machine exhales,

Our special sanctuary,

With a limelight and a rug,

Ivanho issuing lyrical drugs,

With Tom reciting his poetic mind

Like he was at an English/Irish pub,

Element striking a nerve with his

Conversational flow of truth,

And more poets I can't name that

Have given expressions under this roof,

Where I started my poetic journey,

As the coffee keeps percolating,

And the cappuccino machine exhales,

So tonight let's savor the moment,

However it will be hard to let go of it,

But in an hour or two, it will be the past,

If I want to I can dwell on it,

But I won't, I will remember it,

The future ahead with the past words I said, behind,

It's our special place, our special time,

Where we will carry in our hearts,

With a poetic rhyme,

The Bean, the Whole Bean,

And nothing but the Bean,

This is where I started my poetic journey,

As the coffee keeps percolating,

And the cappuccino machine exhales.

2. Whole Bean Coffee House by Patricia Fiske

People craving community

A sense of belonging

Small town closeness

Village-like acceptance

Supporting sameness

Delighting in difference

Age unimportant

Ethnicity as well

Celebrating that spoken

Sharing our specialness

Inspiring our Spirits

Brief window of time

Whole Bean Coffee House

Time to resurrect!

Go Ivanho!

3. How it all began at Ebony Sun Java House... by Ivan Miller/”Ivanho”

I was the poetic seed

buried into the cement

living life underground

searching for freedom

Until poetic words cultivated

me into growth

Growth to be seen

Growth to be heard

Growth to spread more poetic seeds

Now words speak life into the twilight

shining a ray of love for all poets to see

Thank you Marla and Stazja,

Ivanho

4. Tribute #11 of 48

4 March 1993

11:34 PM: 30 minutes

Spine #41: ~High Time~ by Joseph Zitt

However I'll get here, this is my emerging

hope: if gods have the infinite mercy expected,

hold ivory glasses high to impress, maybe even

humble, impertinent guests. Hell, timing's made easy:

hours in giddy hyperactivity take imagined minutes. Experiencing

how instants go haywire, tangled imagination makes effortless

hijinks increasingly gaudy. Humorous

testimonies, impassioned missives, everything

headiness inspires, glorious headlines

telling inscrutable mortals encrypted

histories -- I grab hold, throw impudences madly earthward,

howl impishly, getting holy, transferring imported Mayan extracts.

Hallelujah! It's growing hot -- time implodes, melting everyone!

5. SIPPING FROM THE CUP by Geoff Beardsley/”Rev. Wyrdsli”

Here I sit numbly wondering

How I suffer while I'm slumbering

In this dream that finds no end

This nightmare that won't resend

In which I watch myself always blundering

In anguished moments that break my heart

Become the hours that tear my heart apart

I commit the crimes that cause me pain

Yet I commit them again and again

Waiting for my new life to start

But the life is told on the evening news

Where smiles allege who killed who

The hours are strung into painful days

My power has fallen by the way

I attempt to divine how to start anew

So this Liquid Bean sipping I continue

I return again to my cherished venue

This painted garage where I come

And speak to faces wherever from

And sip again the caffeine brew