Coffee and poetry

8 poems to pair with your coffee

Harley Bell
8 min readDec 29, 2023
Coffee and poetry and a pair of glasses.
Photo by Harry Brewer on Unsplash

There are two things I love in life, coffee and poetry. Luckily for me, they pair perfectly together.

I read a wide array of poetry and I drink my coffee black. I even used to own a café. Wherein we would trade free coffee for poetry.

I encourage you to read the poems aloud, twice. Each listening reveals different things.
Think of this like a tasting ceremony. Please, savour each sip.

Each of these poems in an invitation to elevate your coffee drinking experience.
There are also three writing prompts to inspire a poem of your own.

This is an insider’s guide to coffee and poetry.

Perhaps the World Ends Here

The world could begin with coffee, no matter what I need it to survive. The opening line of this poem is so good. It makes me think of all the things that could happen during the length of a coffee. It reminds me of the ordinary locations that contain so much life.

Perhaps the World Ends Here — Joy Harjo

The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.



Harley Bell

I write about writing, creativity and business. I'm currently working on a poetry book, titled Wild Altar.