Decaf by Jon Bennett

A tyrant came in
yelling at everyone,
“What’re you looking at?!”
All he wanted was a coffee
but somehow it turned
into a war
“Which is strongest?”
he shouted at
the little Asian lady
behind the counter
“Strongest?” she said,
“I don’t know.”
They were self-serve dispensers
French Vanilla, Colombian,
French Roast and Decaf
“I just want to know
which one is strong,” he said
as he looked at the urns
angry, frustrated,
and unable to read.

Jon Bennett
Jon Bennett is a writer and musician living in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. You can find his music on Pandora and iTunes, and a selection of his writing at For books, correspondence, or cds, email

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