Benfica Espresso Cup

broken-mug
My little china
Benfica espresso cup,
a mini handle
on its side,

the eagle soaring
on its body,
still I never poured no drink
inside.

My little antique
holy grail,
a chalice from the rubble
of a Lisbon jumble sale,

empty inside,
once filled for years,
a life span lasting
much longer than I,

surviving the decades
of dictatorship,
never phased or erased
through revolutionary days

or the more familiar
waves of emigration,
throughout all, she sailed on
in one solid piece,

was cold without spirits,
empty and alone
till I found her and
adopted her as my own,

gave her a place
on the shelf in my home
by the living room chairs
her presence was known,

once a friend of men
cheering on Benfica
in front of black and white
television screens,

or among their family dinners
listening in to conversations
through the ever-changing
generations,

that’s why it broke my little heart
to break her little handle
and bring her lengthy life
to a broken little end,

alas, the simple tragedy,
that sight of shattered crockery
leaves me forever guilty
of manslaughter, probably.

– Lennie Bezwik

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About bezwik

Lennie Bezwik is an English poet and lyricist who lives in Spain. Before getting into poetry, Bezwik was part of the London based UK Hip Hop scene, writing songs, producing tracks and performing live rap. Over the last few years, Bezwik has done a lot of travelling, drinking and writing. Nowadays, he sneaks off to dingy little Spanish bars at night and writes poems in his notebook. His biggest inspirations are homelessness, unemployment, booze, love and being dreamy.

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