Morning Ritual

Morning ritual of shared coffee
with a tea person should make you wary

It could just be their ruse
to inhale any hint of bitterness
along with traces of slumber
on your breath as you blow at froth

Watch out for signs like
flickering tongue on swollen lips

Mightn’t be the coffee they are after
but coffee flavored kisses


About the Author:
Nalini Priyadarshni is a poet, writer, editor and amateur photographer. Her work has appeared at various international magazines and lit journals including Up the Staircase Weekly, eFiction India, Mad Swirl, Crescent Magazine, The Riveter Review, Writes & Lovers Café, The Gambler, Camel Saloon, Earl of Plaid, CUIB-NEST-NIDO, and The Open Road Review, Phoenix Photo and Fiction, Undertow Tanka besides numerous anthologies including Resonance, I Am Woman, Awakening of She, Art of Being Human etc. She lives in Ludhiana, India with her husband and two feisty kids. Her first solo poetry collection Doppelgänger In My House is expected in 2016.


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