Grind the crime—strong and dark
into obedient powder. Spoon
into filter. Press. Fill
the mouth with boiling water
until all that’s left is confession.
into ceramic cup. Set
aside. Steam milk
gently. Take care, decrease
heat before foam
begins to rise. Drown
blackness until all that’s left
is fleeting shadow. Father forgive
me. Add sugar to taste. Or not.
While cooling say ten Hail
bitterness at the bottom.