Monday, 10 March 2014

A poem by Robert Peake

Couples Therapy

A nice cup of tea
and a mean cup of coffee
were talking across
the devilled eggs,
trying, you know,
to have a conversation.
At least that's what she,
Rosie Lee, kept saying.
But Juan just wanted
to read the paper in peace.
He wasn't mean
so much as agitated.
And Rosie, sure,
was sensitive.
Sometimes she felt
overpowered, sometimes
lonely on her saucer,
although she stood
upon it deliberately
to keep him
from getting close.
Juan was complex
though he thought
himself straightforward.
When someone tipped
the milk jug over
neither could admit
how much they wanted
to be somewhere,
anywhere else.

Robert Peake is an American poet living in England. His newest pamphlet is The Silence Teacher (Poetry Salzburg, 2013) and he created the Transatlantic Poetry on Air reading series. Details at


  1. Such a lovely poem. I love how you personified the tea and coffee. So quaint, so perfect.