A cup of coffee

Desire’s not for coffee but for you
in the way you bend your neck
that’s not for me but for stars above.
You never read a book, but talk
of how the future is
from lines of hand and eyes

you’re poetry in footsteps,
in the way you walk,
and in your voice a meadowlark.

So when I’m leaving
for the valley down below
please save a piece of me in you
but in your cup of coffee, sense
its warmth and not the bitterness
of dregs I left behind.

Peasant girl drinking her coffee

Peasant coffee drinking her coffee

Today we introduce a new prompt at dVerse. It will happen every year and it’s simple. Write something relating to the Nobel Prize in literature. You can do it by taking a favorite melody, a personal experience or anything else relating to Bob Dylan, the winner of this year’s price. Mine is inspired by the story told in one of my favorite songs “One more cup of coffee (Valley Below), and some of the phrases are borrowed from the lyrics.

Come join us with your tribute to Bob Dylan, pub opens at 3 PM EST.


October 13, 2016

34 responses to “A cup of coffee

  1. If I had to choose one of his songs it would have been this one too.
    I’m not over happy (though not surprised) he was the choice du jour for the Nobel, because to me, he’s not literary, but that said, I’ve always liked his music though I think the Nobel is slowly losing the plot!

  2. Lovely tribute to Bob Bjorn! This part really moved me:

    you’re poetry in footsteps,
    in the way you walk,
    and in your voice a meadowlark.

  3. A grandiose prompt, a creative leap for each of us. I think Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, even Jim Morrison were all poets–their song lyrics launching pads for later books of poetry. Your piece is a strong illustration of your prompt. I like your line /you’re poetry in footsteps/in the way you walk/.

  4. I like the way you have taken pieces of the lyrics and wrought them into a Björn poem. I especially like that middle stanza and the last lines about the coffee and the dregs.

  5. love especially the first 3 lines, and how the words seem to lead you one way, but then take a sudden switch-back to take you in the other direction.

  6. I love this, Bjorn and the parting words “…please save a piece of me in you/but in your cup of coffee, sense/its warmth and not the bitterness
    /of dregs I left behind.”

  7. “You never read a book, but talk
    of how the future is
    from lines of hand and eyes” – I love how this is incorporated into the entire piece.

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  9. I love the second stanza! And being an early morning coffee lover, the idea of remembering the “good” parts, that wonderful aroma, taste and wake-up feel instead of the dregs at the bottom of the cup, is oh so true! PS: LOVE this idea for an annual prompt!

  10. Beautiful song/poem, Bjorn. A gentle romanticism. I can’t remember the title but the words, “North country” has always gotten my heart.

    Lovely….a beautiful love poem. Tender.

  11. what an amazing write.
    that’s one of my favorite songs by dyaln…just because of the coffee and the notation of asking one to stay just a little while longer.
    i can tell you were inspired by the song but your poem is so original.

  12. Good work fella’ 🙂
    (sorry for the delay; on writing retreat… no digital communications unless you ride into town and shoot your way out 🙂 )

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