Regina cafe taking poems as payment for coffee today

Creativity is brewing at a downtown Regina cafe today in celebration of World Poetry Day.

Trade a poem for your daily brew

Annabel Townsend, owner of Dr. Coffee's Cafe, is offering customers free coffee in exchange for a poem in celebration of World Poetry Day. (CBC)

Creativity is brewing at a downtown Regina cafe today in celebration of World Poetry Day.

Annabel Townsend, owner of Dr. Coffee's Cafe, is challenging customers to pay for coffee with a poem.

"I thought that sounds like the sort of challenge we can do because we get to vet their literary masterworks in exchange for coffees," Townsend said.

Oh tragic bottom of the cup  from whence there is no more to sup Which once was warm is only cold with no more coffee to behold Oh sad sad state of plastic, you with only one stray ground or two Parting such acidic sorrow I'll have another one tomorrow- Elena Krause offered this poem for coffee

The idea was borrowed from a tradition practised worldwide by coffee shops that offer caffeine in exchange for creativity in observance with UNESCO's World Poetry Day on March 21.

Townsend says the poem can be about anything but jokingly added that haikus will receive a non-negotiable single espresso shot.

The best poems from the day will be placed into an anthology that people will be able to read at the cafe.

Townsend said she was impressed by the early entries. 

"They were actually considerably better than I thought. People obviously value their coffee enough to put some effort in which is great," she said.