When the clock struck three, cosies limbered,
caddy lids chattered, teapots hummed
to the kettles' anthem.
Tannin ruled the brave.
Tea was togetherness, tittle-tattle,
the chink of china, the rattle of spoon on tray,
and nothing was finer than a biscuit
with the beverage of the day.
Nutty cookies sprawled from their strait-jackets,
hobnobbed in barrels and tins. Garibaldis
mingled with McVities, Chocolate Fingers
rubbed along with Gingernuts. Wafer Thins,
Jammy Dodgers, Bourbons, Custard Creams,
a melange of eclectic confection,
with dreams to be laid, displayed, selected,
nibbled with affection.
Then came the rise in popularity
of a freeze-dried granularity.
The pot called the kettle black,
cracks began to show. Discontent
stirred in pot bellies as kettles hissed,
rumbled, poured scorn on Oolong,
Earl Grey, Lapsang Souchong.
‘We’ve put up with you for far too long,'
the teapots grumbled.
‘Echinacea, Rooibos, Chamomile,
we don’t want your sort settling here,
infusing our great British feeling,
give us back our Assam,
give us back Darjeeling!’
The toffs ignored the brouhaha,
looked the other way declaring,
'let them eat cake! The order of the day
is coffee and a bake!’
They called for ristretto with danish,
denied the benefits of teapots,
fobbing them off with sweepings
in flimflam bags, designed for mugs.
It left a bitter taste.
The baristi topped up the rich roasts,
pulled shots, spun frothy concoctions
in nifty jugs, dredged with favours,
served with hollow wafers.
Stella Wulf lives in France where she spends most of her life up to her oxsters in muck and dust, restoring a ruin. She has an MA in Creative Writing and her work has been widely published both in print and online magazines and journals. These include, Obsessed With Pipework, The High Window, Raum, Prole, Ink Sweat & Tears, and many others. Her poems have also been included in several anthologies including, The Very Best of 52, three drops from a cauldron, and the Clear Poetry Anthology. She is also an artist and her work can be seen on her website: stellawulf.com