Life is a succession
   of desserts:
Chocolate sundaes,
   and key lime pie,
Fudge brownies and
   peanut butter cookies.
Sugar and caramel and cocoa
   caress my tongue
Leaving only memories
   of their sweetness
And extra calories
   on my stomach
   and thighs.
I wash down the taste
   of lemon and strawberry,
Cinnamon and coconut,
   with black coffee,
Bitter and bracing.