Ceci N’est Pas Un Café

Pour 2 C Dasani into polystyrene cup
Heat in microwave, 2 min HI
Combine 2 T Folgers instant decaf with flavor crystals
with 1 t Great Value non-dairy lite creamer
and 3 pkt Nutrasweet, preferably well-aged.
Stir vigorously 30 sec. Sip to taste.
Serves 1. Add 1 t coffee per oz water
for additional servings. Drink tepid.
I hold the cup level to her bean-brown eyes.
“Qu’est-ce que c’est?” she whispers.
“It’s coffee,” I say, though I know better.
She glances from the cup to me and back,
then turns toward the fire. “Monsieur,”
she says, “vous êtes un menteur.”

Gregory Stapp graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Creative Writing. He has recently been published by Cuento Magazine and Qarrtsiluni. Like Batgirl, he is a librarian by day and hero by night, though he is neither a bat nor a girl.

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