Edgar Omar Avilés

Coffee

You took the first sip of your coffee, then noticed that it wasn’t coffee—it was you. With each delicious sip, you drank yourself: first, your legs, then belly, chest, face, and your dreams. The empty cup remained on the table, on the bench, on the ground, like so many others.

—translated from the Spanish by Toshia Kamei

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Edgar Omar Avilés, a Mexican writer born in Morelia, is the author of several books. His stories have appeared in The Best Mexican Short Stories.