O caffeine! you crystalline xanthine alkaloid,
how would I smile without your dihydro trimethyl
purine pureness pumping through
my shriveled arteries, my murky
Some call you bitter, but bitterness is what you banish
with four swiftly fired shots
of espresso, a volley of coffee and cream.
Guarana, kola, yerba, yaupon, Pepsi and Hershey's,
even Excedrin relies on you to live.
I pity the poor creatures who must wake
without you, spiders and dogs and
They don't trust the tweaking,
can't bear the buzz. I will drink you
for them, sacrifice
my bladder and liver,
welcome in return
the fierce five hour burn
you bring to my belly.
I'm sorry for all those times I betrayed you
with B-12, taurine, and ginseng, but really,
it was your fault.You weren't antagonizing
my adenosine receptors fast enough. I beg you,
bully my neurons into brightness, banish my blinking, sweep
Saturday's garbage, Sunday's sleepy cobwebs
onto the dingy weekday sidewalk.
Get physical--but spare me
the post-300mg anxiety.
If you're offering
let's save those for Friday.