Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Finding the Poetry in Tea

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I was reading about Betjeman and Barton's Polka Tea and discussing it with a friend. The catalog description just begged to be turned into a poem.

Makes me wonder how many catalogs have little poems in them, waiting to be extricated.

Morning Tea with Julie

Fruit, more fruit,
a real combination of fruit:
you and me,
on a subtle base of Ceylon and China teas—
cherry, strawberry,
peach and orange,
a whirl of flavour.
And. Outside our window,
scattered sunflower petals.

Post in honor of One Shot Wednesday.

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13 Comments:

Blogger Maureen said...

I love how you end-stop that repetition of the word "fruit" and then immediately follow it with "you and me".

I learned quite a bit about the metaphor of sunflower seeds while doing a bit of research on Ai Weiwei for the poem I posted today. The sunflower has deep symbolic meaning in China.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Bethe77 said...

I think I might just come by and sit with you for a spot of tea.
That is really cute. I liked it.
Blessings

11:14 AM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

you captured a nice blend of colors in that short verse...sunflowers are so nice...

5:17 PM  
Blogger janice said...

i wish i could spend a moment like this, reflecting on the warm and comforting aspects of life...the tea, the fresh fruits and the sunflowers outside...this is a wonderful sweet poem and a simple joy to read...thank you for this one...

6:08 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

The world of friendship and tea a great combination that is worded beautifully.

Moonie

6:20 PM  
Blogger Jannie Funster said...

Sounds like you're both just bursting with vitamins and minerals too!!

Love this!

In the morning I have a coffee or 2, and in the afternoon am a total tea gal.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Glynn said...

Since late December, I've taken to drinking tea, especially at work. They ran out of Earl Grey, so I switched to Constant Comment. They ran out of that, and then it was darjeeling, then something lemony. fortunately, the new order arrived today.

Yes, a whirl of flavors.

10:56 PM  
Blogger sonny said...

there's poetry in everything..in covers and backsides...and tea and moonshine..in smiles and cracked lips and old slippers...

11:28 PM  
Blogger Sam Van Eman said...

Ahh. Stuff like this makes tea even better. Thanks, LL.

Glynn, you started with Earl Grey. Good. Then Constant Comment. Also good and a flavor worth going to first from time to time depending on the mood and time of day. But then, Darjeeling? Hmm. Not sure about this one. They didn't have any Tetley bulk lay around instead? Kidding. I'm glad they restocked.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Vinay said...

oh, that was wonderfully written! :) colorful and tasteful as well. the first two lines was esp. my favorite!

My Post Is Here

1:08 PM  
Blogger Kim Nelson said...

The transition from the tea to the relationship is lovely. Nice write.

1:16 PM  
Blogger signed...bkm said...

Beautiful the scent of all these teas...so happy summer is soon here and they can be enjoyed outside with roses and flowers...bkm

5:32 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

"Makes me wonder how many catalogs have little poems in them, waiting to be extricated."

This just made me smile and smile. As did the poem. Thanks for a lovely start to my morning...

8:31 AM  

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