Sunday, July 24, 2016

A Cuppa



she went first.

it was her way
to settle things early on
broach unpleasantries
teacup in hand

launch earl grey
through spit
shine until done

crepe smile
fingers bent
ditching the cup
in favor of
a lily.


copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2016

Posted for Poets United Pantry






22 comments:

  1. She sounds very diplomatic....smiles.

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  2. crepe smile
    fingers bent
    ditching the cup
    in favor of
    a lily.


    Wow!!

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  3. Amazing what can be accomplished with a teacup in hand!

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  4. Nice image
    Happy Sunday

    Much love...

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  5. ha. interesting scene, I'm wondering what happened after...did she succeed? received the lili? :)

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  6. Oh my. This is very sexy.

    It could be about death, with the end describing her holding a flower, lying in her casket; but I'm choosing to read it in an entirely different way.

    The title, of course, is about breasts. So the one girl is touching the other girl's A cups ... but then she moves downward, to the girl's "lily." :)

    I LOVE the first line ... "she went first," suggesting that after the poem ends, it's her turn to receive (after giving --- and giving well, I presume).

    This is masterful poetry, Audrey. So fulfilling to read. Thank you for writing this. I know many will thoroughly enjoy it, if they're paying attention.

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  7. I'm imagining her as a magician when she ditches her cup for a lily!

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  8. ditching the cup
    in favor of a lily.

    There must be good reasons for that. Perhaps delicate beauty excites her!

    Hank

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  9. i was thinking differently, almost in Hank's way...after reading some comments i was like dwwww....

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  10. Poignant in its understatement. (I read it as being about one who has died.)

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  11. Nice. You know having just got back from.Nepal...a cup of tea is like the standard greeting. A time of bonding. You have symbolically walked us through a full story here.

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  12. A cup of tea...is sometimes all one needs.

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  13. one of my favourite poems I've read this week - the layers of allusion lie subtly in your well wrought imagery

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  14. I like the way you have used short lines. This also has a staccato effect. The images shine through.

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  15. jeez! the things I have said over a cup of tea :)
    Good one, Audrey!

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  16. Very diplomatic way with the tea..but there are undercurrents here too, smiles.

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  17. One must have priorities and make choices....I'd ditch a cup of tea for a lily any day ;-)

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  18. mmm tea or lily. allot can be said over tea. but the lily, choices we've to make

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  19. Reading this a second time I see much more symbolism in this. Still I see the tea as greeting, but the lily...this can be a symbol of death, but also the flower could be life...and forsaking the talking about it and embracing life.

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  20. Lovely flower the lily so she must be a lovely lady.

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