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Poetry: An Ode to Coffee, the Student’s Savior

Out of the Sandbox

By Bailey Gumienny

The due dates are looming

Projects and papers piling up,

Yet I stand, head held high

with a double shot in my cup.


Formatting papers, line by line

Citing every source in MLA

Double space, 12 point font

and an iced Café latte.


Test day arrives

On a Monday no less,

After a sleepless Sunday all-nighter

I combine coffee and creamer;

the ultimate focus igniter.


Trembling hands holding number twos

Hoping for number one

In the blink of an eye and the tick of the clock

“Your test has just begun.”


I remembered the pencils and scantron

I managed to get here on time,

There’s nothing I can’t do

with caffeine by my side.


Pages flipping, mind racing,

Bubbling in A,B,C, or D

I scan the answers in desperation

Wishing I had more coffee.


Searching my mind for answers,

Heart racing with every new question,

My all-nighter study session is paying off

All thanks to caffeinated perfection.


Pencils down, the exam is over,

“Please let me get what I want:

A passing grade, a college degree

And a venti triple shot.”


A week later, grades are posted:

Success, an A in the class

All thanks to my mocha latte, I will find a way to pass.

Header photo by Zach Inglis (flickr creative commons license)

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