South Fork Poetry: ‘Black Coffee Blues’

By Bruce Buschel

After your first cup of Peet’s
you remember you can’t write
code and never could hit a curve

You can’t mobilize an army
brat and you haven’t a green
thumb to while away the rosy day

After a second cup of Peet’s
you remember you can’t deracinate
a spleen and can’t even find one

You haven’t invented anything yet-
to-be-invented and don’t know how to
monetize a good idea

After your last cup of Peet’s
you chase a wild goose
across the keyboard sky

And then settle on a nap

Bruce Buschel is a writer, producer, director, and restaurateur who lives in Bridgehampton.