Cup of tea, not a cup of tea

So today’s poem is two.  Napowrimo suggested writing a palinode. It’s a poem in which the poet retracts a statement made in an earlier poem.


Cup of tea


I’d like a cup of tea

Just the right colour

Yes I want milk

No to the sugar

I’d like the Spode mug

Because it’s thin

I like my tea in bone china

The way it should be


Not a cup of tea


It wasn’t that tea I wanted

I really don’t like tea

It’s not that I’m being fussy

I don’t like the taste

I haven’t changed my mind

And what I’d like is tea

Not builder’s tea,

Or a branded tea

But a nice spicy Chai

In my Spode mug, of course.

The Chilli Shop, enter please

The shutters rise for the first opening day

Anticipation fills the air, breath is held for a moment

The unavailing of a new shop, a new age has dawned

Hope swells, as a dream is about to be launched.


Sharp crisp white canvasses of walls

Bold words and scorpions embossed

Shelves filled with heated delights

Small samples to taste and relish


Mild heat sits on my tongue,

Then a fierce chilli beckons me closer

The challenge is on, can I take the heat?

It’s hard to resist, I like the glow in my mouth


Come try these delights, let them tickle your tongue

Build up the heat, share rays of excitment

Enjoy every moment, there are chillies awash

What a brilliant choice, for a new enterprise