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Coffee Questions
by Londis Carpenter

Friday, October 03, 2003

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“How would you like your coffee, sir, with sugar or with cream?”

“I’d like mine served with ketchup, please; it’s always been my dream.”


“But, sir! It’s never served that way.  Folks like it weak or strong.

Some like it served with whiskey, but with ketchup?  That’s just wrong.”


“But didn’t you just ask me how I’d like to have it served?

To tell me I can’t have it so, to me just seems absurd.”


“I’ll gladly serve you coffee, sir, but in the proper way.

You must drink it like the fine folks do, who come here day by day.”


“How do you worship God, sir, in a church or synagogue?

Do you eat fish on Friday?  Do you never touch a hog?

Does your denomination meet on Sunday every week?

Do you ever miss a prayer meeting?  What commandments do you keep?”


“I have no temple worship place.  I see God everywhere.

 I feel His warmth in summer’s sun, His Spirit in the air?

I find Him not in buildings men have built with their own hands.

I visit Him on mountaintops and in the vast woodlands.”


“But, sir, you can’t ignore the rules and worship as you please.

There are meetings that you must attend, and pray on bended knees.

How will you ever make heaven, sir, if you don’t come with me

To a recognized establishment where God’s supposed to be?

And what, sir, is your politics, if I may so enquire?

Are you a young conservative? Or are you more liberal?”


“Really, my friend, I’m neither option you have picked for me.

I’m just a private person, seeing things the way I see.

I don’t need politicians to spin what I believe.

I don’t need a religion to tell me how to live.

And above all, my gentle friend, I don’t need, I must say,

Your rules for drinking coffee . . .

                    I’ll just have it my own way.



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Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 10/6/2003
"Coffee Questions"... This is a bit hilarious... but when it gets to the mixing point, the mind boils, and here I think!

It delivers a profoud message. "Coffee Questions" is very unique, and inspiring.

Thank You for sharing this, Author-Poet Londis Carpenter.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU

Reviewed by Linda Hill 10/6/2003
Clap! Clap!
This was superb!
You told 'em in
simple terms and
got your message
through loud and
clear. This is one
for my library!!!

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 10/4/2003
You bet...I think it will taste like soup with!!

But with whiskey...that makes you real sick...ask me...Got drunk on it once...and that was the end of trying out alcohol...mixed with my!!

Love Tinka

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 10/4/2003
This is a classic.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/3/2003
Really enjoyed this! Very well done.
Reviewed by Daniel McTaggart 10/3/2003
Okay, now I dare you to try it with mustard.

But seriously, I like this poem. It's interesting to me how conversations in coffee shops can take theological turns. It's the most enchanting part of the environment for me.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 10/3/2003
I like the strong message in this write! Here's your ketchup sir.
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 10/3/2003
You tell 'em, Lonny.. FANTASTIC commentary! Not a hint of meanness in this whole bunch of words, yet you took them all on and bowed to none! Not a forced rhyme from start to finish, yet you stayed poetic and bold and strong throughout.. My god, I'm giggling with the thought of your unbounded talent! Jaysus, I love this.. In fact, I shall finish my day in AD with it.. can't imagine topping this! love, katy xox.
Reviewed by Joni Stewart-Hague 10/3/2003
humor with quite serious undertones --- unique and exciting way to present a message rife with wit and excellent message. Thank you
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/3/2003
funny write, lonny; thanks for sharing! LOL (((HUGS)))
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 10/3/2003
This was great! I loved this so much, excellent to read today,

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