Before I’m awake
I make the coffee, the smell
alone is enough
Is this worth the trouble of counting the syllables? Is it more than a finger exercise? Perhaps the subject matter involves one in such doubting questions. If so, perhaps it’s more than an exercise. Nothing wrong with a little exercise. Somehow being human in the simplest sense involves such habits — making the coffee before you are awake; activating that most elusive but intimate sense of smell — and doubting the point of thinking about it but thinking about it nonetheless.
Now THERE’S a title for a book of very short poems: Nonetheless!