Friday, January 4, 2019

Simple Likes, Simple Truths


My Favorite Thrift Store Mug
Photo by Amy LV




Students - Sometimes small and simple objects and foods and drinks are best.  Sometimes it feels good to just write a few lines about one thing that makes you happy.  Tea is simple, and tea makes me happy.

I like to drink tea.  Tea is easy to make and cozy to drink. And to make tea, all you need to do is to heat up some water in a kettle or a pot or a mug and then steep tea leaves in the water using a tea ball or teabag.  After a few minutes, the flavor of these leaves has entered the water and...there it is...tea!  Some people mix sugar or milk or honey with their tea, but I mostly drink it plain.  

Which simple foods or drinks or objects make you happy?  You may wish to make a list of such happiness-things, a list you could write from now or return to later.  When we write about the small things that bring us joy, we have the chance to relive them on paper. And in doing so, our writing will feel joyful too.

If you wish, feel free to copy the below phrase and then fill in the second half with your own words.

I like the simple fact of....

After your writing takes off, you may end up crossing out those first six words or you may keep them, but sometimes beginning with a phrase can get a writer started.

But back to tea.  Tea comes in many flavors, and various tea bags, boxes, and tins are decorated in different ways.  Some people make crafts with tea bag wrappers, and I adore this decoupaged box made and given to me by my teacher and friend Valerie Bang-Jensen.  It is one of my treasures.

Decoupaged Tea Box by Valerie Bang-Jensen
Photo by Amy LV

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13 comments:

  1. I share your love for tea, and what a great prompt! Happy New Year!

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  2. And there are so many different types of tea to sip! (I think I may need one right now, actually...)

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  3. Love that box! Makes me get ideas. Thanks for the prompt, too. I share your affection for the simple fact of plants in water!

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  4. I am sipping a mug of Lemon Lift as I read this warm and cozy post! "I like" the way your poem evokes so many aspects of tea, and that box is great. I love the prompt, too!

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  5. I haven't often been a tea drinker except for summer iced, but have discovered chai & it's my favorite. I like the idea of hold that mug and dreaming, Amy, a winter nice thing.

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  6. I like the simple fact of....coming to the Poem Farm and finding inspiration and beautiful words having fun together. I have very similar feelings about coffee. I may need to work that into a poem.

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  7. I love tea and I love this poem. Water is boiling, got to run now...

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  8. I imagine sitting next to you with a cup of tea breathing in the warmth and spicy scent. Constant Comment is my choice this time of year. Thanks for another line this week. A good line can drag me away from reading posts into my waiting notebook.

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  9. Thank you for this wonderful invitation to write from a line! The next time I have a sip of coffee from my favorite mug, I'll think of your poem. I'm excited to try making my own!

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  10. Like Margaret, I thank you for another line this week! I used "there once lived a boy" to write a response poem for a friend in Australia. I haven't heard back from him. The suspense is killing me!

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  11. I love this ode to tea--it goes quite well with the new tea kettle I received for Christmas. I think i'm ready for another mug before I go to be tonight! I'm looking forward to sharing your poem with my daughter, who is quite the tea fanatic.

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  12. What a cozy poem. Though I'm not a tea drinker, this poem would have me reconsider.

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  13. I like the rhythm in your poem Amy, it slows one down. What a fun tea box, and it's filled with stories.

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