Is it just human nature to take the last bit of coffee in the pot and leave it to the next person to refill? Here’s to the heroes who don’t just walk away from that challenge, but rise to the occasion…


by Shawn Washburn

If, while filling your mug up, you drain the pot dry
Please don’t run away, do you want to know why?
For you have been chosen, right here on this spot
To make some more coffee to put in the pot

A nobler task would be hard to devise
For you’ll fuel tired bodies and open closed eyes
With this liquid that’s brewed over dark ground-up beans
You’ll power a workforce to do some great things

So go be that hero! Use bravery and skill
Grab beans and a filter, but try not to spill
Make sure to align well the pot with the basket
And push the brew button, that’s all that we’re askin’

Then fly off anew to do more super deeds
Because of your efforts, so many are pleased
All future brew-takers will collectively shout
“Thank you for brewing when the coffee ran out!”

Part of the ODE TO THE OFFICE series.

What about you? Do you ever leave just a few drops in the pot?

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