Alone is Coffee - Manushya Puthiran

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A kiss is like
any kiss
If not for those poems on kisses
a kiss is
just another blossom
in a flower basket

But coffee isn’t so
A coffee is never
I have never drunk
the same-tasting coffee

There is always
a new thing discovered
or missing
 in every cup of coffee

Kisses are never alone
But when I sip coffee
I am as much in solitude
as that coffee

At times
a sip of coffee may taste
 more bitter
than a kiss
but have I ever heard of
the best kiss that is
better than
the best coffee?

I sense much more
the unique existence of someone
In a cup of coffee

Much more than in a kiss

Translated by R. Abilash