Poem: Oolong tea

cups of oolong tea
sipped beneath the willow boughs
the sun starts to set

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Post Series: Artworks to inspire poetry: Dog Related: Tea and Sugar

Dog - tea and sugar

Tea,
romped,
and jumped,
and chased the ball,
while Sugar,
romped,
and jumped,
and chased Tea.

This artwork was made using three components: black tea, a flavored green tea and sugar.  The letters were made with black tea, the boarder with flavored green tea, and the space around the letters with sugar.

Once the initial artwork was made, it was photographed and then the photograph was altered with a computer.

Published Poetry Related: Poetry Related Article

On December 19, 2014, M. Sakran had a poetry related article entitled Tea and Poetry published on The Daily Tea website.  The article can be found here: http://www.thedailytea.com/inspiration/tea-and-poetry/.  The first part of the article can be read without a subscription, but to read the rest of it, a subscription is needed.

Additionally, in the past, M. Sakran had three poems published online with Tea Magazine, which preceded The Daily Tea.

Post Series: The Tea Series: Poem with an explanation: Times

Times

7:12 am – The kettle boils.  Water is poured upon a bag.  A spoon of sugar.  Stirring.  Waiting two minutes.  Drinking with an egg.

7:45 am – A press on the handle.  Into the same blue mug.  Today – a green bag.  From the drawer.  Wait three minutes.  A little packet is poured.  Sipping.

12:03 pm – A bottle from the cooler.  The label is missing.  Bright gold and translucent.  It has lemon.  The first of the week.

3:04 pm – Same as 7:45 am

8:00 pm – Quiet.  An old movie – film noir.  1940s – a dark alley.  That music.  Peppermint- not a flavor – an actual one dropped in the cup – why not?  Relaxing.

 

This poem follows an imaginary person as they go through a work day.  Each time noted is a time when the person is drinking tea.  The poem is written as a schedule to add interest to the form.

The times chosen were meant to impart a sense of realism, as if they were the actual times the events happened.  Each time was written with short lines, as if someone was simply writing down what was happening, as it was happening.

In the poem, the word “tea” is not actually mentioned, however, the context is intended to make the idea of tea obvious.

In some sense, the descriptions are meant to express the mundane and the routine.  The implication is that the imaginary person goes through this basic routine each work day, with different moments of variation, such as deciding to have the green bag of tea at 7:45 am.

Post Series: The Tea Series: Poetry topic idea: Brewing Tea

Tea generally can lead to many poetry topic ideas.  There are many poems that can involve tea, or ideas generated from tea.  For The Tea Series poetry topic idea, rather than focusing broadly on tea, a specific tea related area can be looked at: brewing.

In the case of tea, brewing can refer to the tea leaves steeping in heated water.  From a poetry topic idea perspective, this can inspire a number of ideas that can be used in poems, in addition to examining brewing tea from a literal perspective.  For example:

  • Change over time. As the liquid changes over time with the brewing of the tea, many other things change over time under some type of condition.  The idea of something changing over time because of what it is experiencing, can be the basis for a poem.
  • Brewing tea takes some amount of patience.  There is a waiting period between adding the water to the tea and being able to drink the tea.  Patience, and situations that involve it, could be poetry topics.
  • Often brewing tea involves some formality, for example when tea is brewed using a certain measure of leaves, in a certain type of pot and served with a certain service.  Focusing on the formality involved in certain situations, can help to lead to poetry.

These ideas, as well as others, can be poetry topics that derive from thinking about tea brewing.  As mentioned, tea generally can lead to many poetry topic ideas.

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:

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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.

Post Series: The Tea Series: Poem: No sound, or movement or company

Starting with today’s post, the next series of posts on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things, will be a post series about tea: The Tea Series.  Two exceptions to The Tea Series will be the post on Friday, September 19th and the post on Monday September 22nd.  Friday’s post will be a special post commemorating a milestone, and Monday’s post will feature a poem from M. Sakran’s collection of poetry entitled First Try.

This is the second post series on this blog.  The first was the recent Orange Series which ended last week.  The Tea Series will have six posts (including this one), and will include: a poem (below), an experimental poetry form, a poetry topic idea, an artwork to inspire poetry, a poem with an explanation and a photograph to inspire poetry.  The posts will appear today, on the 17th, on the 18th, and on the 23rd through the 25th.

Here is the first item in the series:

No sound, or movement or company

On the porch,
as the rain fell,
and steam rose from the cup,
at eight in the morning,
looking outside,
at the empty yard,
there was no sound,
or movement,
or company.

Sitting in the chair,
taking a sip,
as the dog slept,
in his house,
there was no sound,
or movement,
or company.

After four days,
of driving,
of calling,
of asking,
of disappointment,
sitting in the chair,
as the rain fell,
taking a sip,
there was no sound,
or movement,
or company.

There was one dog,
in his house,
as tea was sipped,
on the porch,
in the rain.

But there in the yard,
where there had been,
there was no sound,
or movement,
or company.