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“Constructed Caffeine” by WITS Student Jessica Phan

………………….. I like                to       drink coffee on sweet-illed mornings
yet I don’t have an appetite   f        or time.
……… Both my  ears and   ey     e     s  feel as though they
………………………………………..a       re vacant and withered
Like a stranded   ant in the hills            that
………………………………..can’t su    r        vive without
………………………………………………….its colony.
There’s times where my hands would       shiver as they run  over my eyes
and then attempt to seal the sound               around me
………………………………………but st     i      ll the   only thing I can do
is hold my breath until the monotonou       s       bitter aroma of coffee
is the only thing I can taste as I try                        to stumble my gasp.
…………………………………………..Even so, it’s
…………………………………………………………… okay.


Jessica Phan wrote this poem while a student at Evergreen High School with WITS Writer-in-Residence Arianne True. Jessica read the poem to open for our Literary Arts Series event with Louise Erdrich on November 10, 2021.

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