To coffee… a writer’s sonnet


How do I love thee? Let me count the ways!
I love thee from severely challenged height,
(My soul may reach, but inches don’t requite)
From quiet keyboard in my special place
I love thee for thy aromatic grace –
Most urgent need, when evening turns to night
I love thee warmly when thy strength is right.
I love thee milky when it’s time to graze –
I love thee when I wake and feel like death
When wine and merry laughter taint my breath
I love thee editing when letters play
With too much squinting; and as midnight sounds
When bed is calling. If I had my way
I’d banish instant and but drink thee ground.


With sincere and abject apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning

For Colleen’s poetry challenge

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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54 Responses to To coffee… a writer’s sonnet

  1. Sanjuna says:

    Love for coffee 😍😍😍

    Liked by 3 people

  2. TanGental says:

    That is perfect. Unfiltered and brewed to perfection

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Love it, Sue 👍😂

    Liked by 2 people

  4. As a fellow coffee buff, I love this! You have a great way with words

    Liked by 1 person

  5. jenanita01 says:

    Brilliant, Sue… every writer’s mantra…

    Liked by 1 person

  6. trentpmcd says:

    Ah, true love! 😉 (I say from experience as I sip my very much needed coffee…)

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Raven says:

    The truest love of all and deserving of a sonnet

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Hee hee hee. You made me giggle with this one, Sue. What a fun sonnet. I have a similar affection for coffee. Thanks for the morning smile.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Jim Borden says:

    a nice homage to simple coffee…

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Dale says:

    Perfect read to go with my third cup…

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Patty says:

    Reblogged this on Campbells World and commented:
    I love it!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Totally brilliant take on the Browning poem, Sue. You are so good at these sonnets. Do you think your work with other languages also helped you find that rhythm?

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Eliza Waters says:

    Love, so well expressed! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  14. dgkaye says:

    Beautiful and romantic ode to the sacred java ❤

    Liked by 2 people

  15. captured the aroma perfectly Sue xxx

    Liked by 1 person

  16. macjam47 says:

    I can smell that rich aroma from where I sit. Well done, my friend. ❤️


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