Really excited to say that my poem has been published as the poem of the week at Cellpoems! Cellpoems is one of my three favorite online publications, along with Rattle and Linebreak, so it’s a real pleasure to be included. If you haven’t yet, check them out, and consider subscribing -as well as publishing online, they deliver a short, exquisite poem once a week via text to subscribers.
I thought you would make things certain
Like a window nailed shut to the sill.
All good things have beginnings.
And my love affair with tea began with this one. Flying Bird Botanical’s Lavender orange grey.
I’d been growing to appreciate tea more and more in my early twenties, but hadn’t really switched to drinking it regularly until I picked this up in a specialty shop in downtown, drawn by the packaging and especially the flavor – I love earl grey.
My dears, it’s hard to describe just how lovely this flavor is. It’s sort of like old, ground-up sunshine, as in, it’s not a bold, bursting flavor, but is a delicious, lasting, flavor that sort of stays on your tongue through the whole drinking experience. It’s a delicate but sustaining flavor, not at all slight or disappearing – it starts out and you can taste the earl grey immediately, and then it fades to a lavender and then orange note. It’s hard to imagine anyone not liking this, as it’s not a sharp flavor – it tastes like enhanced earl gray, exactly what it is. It’s strong but not too strong, and you’re going to want to drink it without milk so as to get the full delicate flavor…I could go on forever weaving word rhymes about this tea, but it would all say the same thing – delicious. So go order some. Pour a cuppa, pull up a chair, and enjoy.