10 Jan
"An Offer of Tea"

“An offer of tea” – Tabatha Yeatts – Photo from Flickr.


I steep in your presence
your interest draws from me
thoughts I had stashed

We brew a future
infused with possibility
fragrant with hope

cosy in each others company
our dreams in the pot
at the end of Celestial

it is time to uphold ceremony
and become a party
to our unique blend

© 2013 – Violet Nesdoly


The lovely tea poster from Tabatha Yeatts (a perk of being part of the poem swaps Tabatha has organized) brought to mind this poem I wrote a few months ago.

Drinking tea with a friend or lover seems like a good activity for the cold and dreary days of January (dreary here, anyway… where there is no snow, but it has rained the creek full of water that, by the way, is the colour of tea with milk).

poetry+friday+button+-+fulllThis poem is submitted to Poetry Friday, hosted this week by the always full-of-surprises Renee La Tulippe at her blog No Water River.

Coffee or tea poems are also welcome at Tweetspeak Poetry, where January’s  challenge is to write a poem about coffee or tea. Post in the comments.


Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Light, People, Poetry Friday


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22 responses to “Tea-a-tete

  1. mattforrest

    January 10, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    A little cup of Earl Grey sounds really good right now! Enjoyed your poem.


    • vnesdoly

      January 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Matt. Hope you’ve had your tea by now!


  2. izatrapani1Trapani

    January 11, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Terrific, Violet! Love all the wordplay. And the poem is perfect for January- National Tea Month. Oh the things we learn in the blogosphere 🙂


    • vnesdoly

      January 11, 2013 at 6:46 am

      Thanks Iza! It was fun trying to fit in all the tea words I could think of.

      January is National Tea Month? I didn’t know that. Well, I’m on topic for a change *grin.*


  3. jama

    January 11, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Love the poem, Violet. I just happen to be drinking some PG Tips right now! Yes, it’s National Tea Month — as well as Soup Month and Oatmeal Month :). Thanks for the nice warm brew today.


    • vnesdoly

      January 11, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Thank you, Jama! I’m sure you’re enjoying your PGT. Soup and oatmeal you say? Why, I think I feel some poems coming on.


  4. Bridget Magee

    January 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Beautiful poem! We’re tea drinkers in our house – even my 9 year old who hosts tea parties with piping hot peppermint tea.. It has been our weekly treat since she got a new tea set for Christmas. Thanks for celebrating tea today.


  5. Robyn Hood Black

    January 11, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Perfect post! Thanks for sharing. The poem is enchanting and so is Tabatha’s image. We have JUST this week introduced afternoon tea in my house – hubby and I are both working from home now, and I thought we should have a late afternoon catch-up. Who knew it was National Tea Month?! :0) (I’ve just been to England once, but I sure fell in love with that custom….)


    • vnesdoly

      January 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      What a fun idea–to have a formal afternoon tea! And will you be serving scones and clotted cream along with that, then have dinner fashionably late? I love those routines in British novels.


  6. LInda Baie (@LBaie)

    January 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    We certainly needed tea today, very cold & snowy! Violet you use words with such cleverness. I love the use of tea in this relationship-just great. These “We brew a future/infused with possibility/fragrant with hope” are wonderful, and special to me. Thank you!


    • vnesdoly

      January 12, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you so much, Linda. Hope you’re keeping warm today!


  7. Mary Lee

    January 12, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Ooh! Now I want to try to write a response poem in return for MY poster! FUN!!


    • vnesdoly

      January 12, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Wasn’t that a lovely touch–to send along those posters? I’d love to see yours and your poem response.


  8. Steve Peterson

    January 12, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I love the same lines that Linda mentions. What fun word play. What a warm poem at the beginning of January. Thanks!


    • vnesdoly

      January 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks so much, Steve. Hope you’re keeping warm wherever you are!


  9. haitiruth

    January 12, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    “I steep in your presence…” What a wonderful line! I love this whole poem.


    • vnesdoly

      January 12, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks so much, Ruth! Do you drink tea in warm Haiti? Although it seems to me tea is pretty much a universal drink in hot and cold climates, isn’t it?


  10. April Halprin Wayland

    January 13, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Wonderful poems–both yours and Tabatha’s! I’m a big tea drinker…keeps me warm and gives me company when I’m deep in writing mode…


  11. Tabatha

    January 14, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    What a nice pairing! The name of your poem is very clever and I love the sentiment 🙂 I didn’t realize it was National Tea Month. They’re all tea month to me!


    • vnesdoly

      January 15, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      I like that: “they’re all tea month to me!” Thanks again for the poem poster. I love it!


  12. Lorie Ann Grover

    January 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Best on organizing those poems! Thanks for hosting. :~)



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