The coffee beans
Are a southern chocolate brown
Just like the Nicaraguan hands that picked them.
They were one dollar fifty U.S. a day hands,
Eighty-four hours a week in the hot sun hands.
One hundred sixty pounds on a good day hands.
I pour the beans from my northern white hands
Four dollars fifty Canadian a pound
Into the plastic container
Over the metal blades.
In fifteen seconds
I grind them into dust.


(c) 1995