Nostalgia with a Side of Espresso Beans

A future mixed into the burnt sugar of your memory

Logan Silkwood
2 min readJan 27, 2024


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A last midnight
espresso bean brews
on my tongue;
a smooth beat
warms my ears;
a cliff of flames
greets the chill
of cracked skin
smiling in relief,
as I thank
every past self
willing to bring
this caramel moment
to your lips relaxing
into the hope
of a future mixed
into the burnt sugar
of your lost memory.

Sometimes alone
but never lonely,
I wish you could taste
this moment by my side,
so you could know
how beautiful
my life is now,
in every fall
of your thoughts
across pages
we’ll never share.



Logan Silkwood

I’m a polyamorous, non-binary trans man (he/him). I edit for Queerly Trans, Prism & Pen, Enbyous, and Trans Love & (A)Sexuality. Twitter: @logan_silkwood.