A Hard Habit to Break

I never liked the taste of coffee. I always thought it was bitter. The funny thing is that on the few occasions I tried coffee flavored ice cream, I found it delicious. I considered trying one of those fancy coffee drinks at Starbucks or some other such location but didn’t want to spend a lot of money for something I wouldn’t enjoy. I love the smell of coffee, though, and some of the flavors such as Swiss mocha or French vanilla sound heavenly.

My brother in Florida loves coffee and can’t live without it. Recently, he told me he started one of those twenty-eight day diets where you give up everything: pasta, bread, alcohol, even coffee. I shouldn’t have been surprised when he said he still drinks it. This turn of events inspired me to write the following acrostic poem in which each consecutive line spells the word “coffee.” I can’t blame people for not wanting to give this up. I feel the same way about Dr. Pepper, and if I don’t have my mid or late afternoon can, I’m not worth much for the rest of the day.

Coffee

Chained to a cup of aromatic but bitter brew,

old and young men and women live

for that morning pick-me-up,

freshly roasted, harvested from beans.

Even in Florida, naked, inebriated, they find

energy in coffee but not for me.

Do you drink coffee? Would you give it up, even if it was for just twenty-eight days?

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author

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11 thoughts on “A Hard Habit to Break

  1. It’s like how I dislike strawberries (everyone I tell will stare at me in horror) but I find that strawberry milk and ice cream are nice. I guess it’s the flavouring. We don’t really like the natural ingredient but more of the additional ones that they put in to make ice cream or milk. I’m hardly a coffee drinker (I drink ice coffee only but only because I just have cravings sometimes) because I don’t feel any caffeine effects at all. So I still sleep in class. But yeah, the caffeine is pretty hard to kick so I guess that’s why your brother couldn’t keep it up. Nice poem, by the way 🙂

  2. Great post Abbie! Glad I could be of inspiration! Still going strong two weeks into the diet. Down 10 pounds and counting!

  3. I’m thinking Florida is naked and inebriated during Spring Break for the college students, Abbie. Cute poem and I would hate to give up coffee for good, but I could last 28 days. Sounds like your brother is doing well on this diet. I need to try it.

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