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Coffee Stains in a Notebook

Dean Traylor is a freelance writer and teacher who writes about various subjects, including education and creative writing.

original draft....with the coffee stain.

original draft....with the coffee stain.

I.

Coffee stain

Don’t mean a thing

When have you an idea

Brimming in your head

And it needs to find

A way to escape.

Clean paper

Dirty paper.


II.

It doesn’t matter

As long as the words are captured

As long as the idea is born in fine print.

Coffee stains

On a piece of paper

Just don’t mean a thing.

For the Record

No, I don't know if the coffee in caffeinated or decaffeinated (most likely caffeinated). Nor can I tell you what brand of coffee ( if it came from home) or from which coffee house it came from (maybe Coffee Bean in L.A. or Dutch Bros. in Spokane) .

It is one of many journals or notebooks I have around my room that I've stored over the years. Many are filled with notes, a few verses, class instructions, ideas for lesson plans, or notes for various articles I eventually wrote. Often, the stuff in them are forgettable or not worth the time to print. This was one of the exception. It had a lot to say in only a few words.

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