Post Series: The Tea Series: Artwork to inspire poetry: Tea Design

Tea Design

This artwork is made of a photograph of a design comprised of four teas, which was then altered via computer.

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: 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.