Coffee in Heaven

You'll be greeted
by a nice cup of coffee
when you get to heaven
and strains of angelic harmony.

But wouldn't you be devastated
if they only serve decaffeinated
while from the percolators of hell

your soul was assaulted
by Satan's fresh espresso smell?


from Alternative Anthem: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2009), © John Agard 2009, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

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John Agard

John Agard Reading from his poems

1Tongue

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2Flag

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3Checking Out Me History

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4Man to Pan

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5The Coin of Birth

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6Anancy's Thoughts on Colours

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7My Brollie

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8Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Old Tie

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9How Nansi Got Lead Part in Swan Lake

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10Rainbow

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11Limbo Dancer's Soundpoem

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12Limbo Dancer's Mantra

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13Limbo Dancer at Immigration

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14Once Upon a Time

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15Where Does Laughter Begin?

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16Twinkle Twinkle Firefly

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17The Speller's Bag

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18The Older the Violin the Sweeter the Tune

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19Rat Race

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20Swimming Teeth

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21Hello H20

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22Moonbelly

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23On First Name Terms

24Colour of Evil

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25Coffee in Heaven

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26Question Time with the Devil

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27Progress

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28Bridge Builder

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29Half-caste

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30Sonnet 1

31Sonnet 2

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32Sonnet 21

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33Sonnet 55

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34Sonnet 60

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35Listen Mr Oxford don

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