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FROM READERS: Downtown walker offers ode to coffee aromas

August 5, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

Margaret Prezioso-Frye, a single mother of two children, moved to Columbia in 1987. She often writes poems and stories and shares them with the Columbia Missourian.

The heavenly aroma of coffee and baking downtown around 6 a.m. when we emerge; thank-you Coffee Zone, Starbucks, Panera and all the other shops that follow suit. ...


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A Daywalker
Espresso lid creaks
To a crypt keeper’s lair
A tarnished 6-cup
Broken handle from unnatural strength
My kept secret what I bear
Frozen water I pour
To one single bolt
Then the basket where it’s captive
Boiling water will rise
Drowning it will survive
Turn the top
How it creaks as a coffin opens wide
Disturbs sleep
But it’s done
As the fire kindles below
To a blaze it will grow
Unbearable to touch
Where did potholders go
I must feed to survive
Charred grinds infuse the room
The blood is the life
Mine feeling better soon

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.