Ode to the Coffee Grinder,
My One True Love
By neither rhyme nor rule,
I sing twittery exaltations,
to painted ravens in frames,
a flight of larks without path
in an empty kitchen.
From poem to word,
whole to granular, bean
erodes to grain by hand.
I could open a window,
welcome the wind at my door,
set granule to flight to travel
zephyr’s crest from rainforest
to coffee’s faraway land of origin,
somewhere like India, or Peru.
Or I could shimmy hip to Nina
Simone, to screaming kettle,
dip and spin spoon, cream rising
the sun in the umbra of a mug
glazed to the shade and texture
of Bishop’s Beach, early morning
sun between squall, cracking night.
Aroma of honeysuckle, dark chocolate,
lavender, meet the salt of outer coast
flood tide; pungent and meandering
in its wild.
My Old Faithful
That there will be uncracked spines
and pressed paper pages
trails of printed text, tiny ants tracking
through grained sand, a steadfast troop
trapezing from one margin to the other.
That there will be shelves riddled
with wormwood paths, gathered
regional indie press collections
of poets and poets and poets.
That there will be fringe-ribboned
bookmarks, cards for mailing
while on the road, impulse buy items
seemingly disarranged and landed
by luck or whimsy: pens, pins, stickers,
exotic chocolates for nibbling, scented
candles like mandarin*pine or salted*basil.
That there may be sunlight filtered
through crystal window bling, bouncing
prisms into the mosh pit of my joy
when I happen upon a well-worn copy
of Lorna Crozier, Patrick Lane, or Susan
Musgrave verse to ride shotgun home with me.
Alaskan Poet, Moon Gazer, Raven Watcher, Northern Trekker, Teacher. Kersten Christianson derives inspiration from wild, wanderings, and road trips. Kersten is the poetry editor of Alaska Women Speak. She has authored Curating the House of Nostalgia (Sheila-Na-Gig, 2020), What Caught Raven’s Eye (Petroglyph Press, 2018), and Something Yet to Be Named (Kelsay Books, 2017). Kersten lives with her daughter in Sitka, Alaska and enjoys road trips, bookstores, and smooth ink pens.