Post Series: The Tea Series: Experimental Poetry Form: Brewed Tea

This is the second post in The Tea Series and is an experimental poetry form based on tea.  The form has the following appearance and attributes:




There are three stanzas each with three lines.  The first stanza is expressive and direct, the second stanza is expressive and obscure, and the third stanza is subdued and obscure.  The second and third lines of each stanza rhyme.  There is no meter or syllable count in each line.

Here is an explanation of the form:

  • Three stanzas. Each stanza represents a phase that brewed tea goes through over time.  When hot water is poured on tea leaves, two transitions happen over time: the liquid darkens and the liquid cools.  The liquid starts out hot and clear and ends dark and cool.  The phases are: hot/clear, hot/dark, cool/dark.  Each stanza represents a phase.
  • The expressive/subdued and direct/obscure qualities of the stanzas. From the above explanation of why there are three stanzas, the temperature represents the expressiveness of each stanza, with hot being expressive and cool being subdued.  The color represents the directness of each stanza with clear being direct and dark being obscure.  The attributes of the stanzas change as tea changes.
  • Three lines per stanza – there are three letters in tea
  • Rhyming pattern in each stanza of having the second and third lines rhyme. This matches the consonant/vowel configuration of the word tea.
  • No meter or syllable count. Tea brews in a somewhat random fashion as the water molecules interact with the tea.  The lines of the stanzas are similar in that they have no set configuration.

Here is an example of a poem using this form:

The Storm

The pot boiled and water overflowed out,
as the window glass shattered as the wind blew,
and into the room the rain flew.

Shadows fluttered on the walls,
as mice hid on the floor,
as fear blew through the door.

Quiet filled with light,
was there as water steamed,
as from the sky the sun gleamed.