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Tea Leaves On The Bosphorus

Tea Leaves On The Bosphorus

Seated at a table by the stirring water,
My eyes absorb the shore of Asia.
Minerets and aged worn stone
Stand haphazardly along the banks.
Istanbul is a lady with secrets
She'll lure you with her unrevealed virgin beauty,
Then seduce you with her ancient lovers.

Grilled sardines filled my charger
Fish pulled from the strait just minutes before,
Lay garnished with parsley and mint .
Red pickled turnips and warm flat bread
Are the implements that help feed me 
And scoop up the humus,
Turkish nourishment for my soul.

The empty plates are cleared by a handsome waiter
With dubious intentions I feared,
But I was flattered none the less.
A bowl of yogurt was placed before me,
And my admirer arrived with a comb of honey.
He held it high above the creamy cloud and let the heavy ochre
languidly pour atop the milky whiteness of delight.
After his seduction,he left me alone to my pleasure
As I lapped at the sweet and sour heavenly temptation,
that parted my lips and elevated my being.

As I recovered from my rapture, two eyes caught mine.
The heathen that destroyed my diet approached the table uninvited.
He pulled up a chair and sat down across from me.
In his hands, a cup.
He offered to tell me my future.
White, small, as fragile as an eggshell with the top lopped off.
Within was a dark tea with floating leaves.
In a chivalrous attempt at English conversation,
He handed me the libation and the offer to read the remains.

I, alone in a man's world, unmarried, and of a certain age,
Did not need encouragement and I accepted his offer.
I drained the tea in one gulp and returned it to his hands.
He placed the cup in one palm , then turned it upside down,
Allowing the remaining fluid to drip out around the cup and onto the table.
Once the cup was upright again he studied the leaves, then he spoke.

His voice was soft, at times , unintelligible
His reading was honest, and truthful, and painful.
His prophecy, amusing, and entertaining
His vision and it's accuracy were astounding.

Fifteen years later, the leaves delivered on their promise.
Long fluid lines inside the cup foretold of a marriage,
To a man who  would cross a sea to find me.
Two shorter drippings were the children that now delight me.
The  tea ring that he was able to complete around the cup ,
Was the warmth of a love that would soon envelop me.


Tea, anyone?




Copyright © | Year Posted 2011




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Date: 3/23/2013 9:26:00 AM
beautiful poem, well written. In such a windy and snowy day, reading this piece just completes my relaxation. What a poem!
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Date: 7/29/2012 10:09:00 PM
BRENDA, still congratulating all my sisters past contest. . Now I'm on the poets favorite poem contest.. I'm actually amazed with all these poems. I see why they are chosen as a favorite poem by other poets...a Super Congratulations here. I think I agreed with all the winners in this contest... love~PD
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Date: 7/26/2012 1:19:00 PM
Congratulations on your win in SKAT's "Members Favorite Poem" contest Brenda. Love, Carol
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Date: 7/26/2012 5:05:00 AM
Brenda a belated congrats on your win..David
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Date: 7/25/2012 7:48:00 PM
Congrats, Brenda. Excellent. Great job. Nice going. Kudos. hugs, Ralph
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Date: 7/25/2012 10:30:00 AM
Congrats on your wonderful win...much enjoyed your poem!!!
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Date: 7/25/2012 12:58:00 AM
wow...this is the first of your poems i have ever read and it is riveting....you sure know how to write sensual stuff in a controlled way with just the right hint of passion mixed with hesitation.....a marvellous poem....it should have been much, much more highly placed in the contest, in my view....with best wishes...Syd
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Date: 7/25/2012 5:10:00 AM
Thank you , Sidney . I feel well gifted by poetry soup for just giving me the space and audience to tell my poetic stories,
Date: 5/19/2011 10:50:00 PM
Brenda,. CONGRATULATIONS:-) !! on your wonderful featured poem of this this week. Take care and God bless,..p.d.
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Date: 5/19/2011 8:53:00 AM
The imagry here is so vivid and captivating. the last line made me chuckle. Very well done and very worthy to be featured.
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Date: 5/18/2011 6:58:00 AM
LINES:U WNT LINES-HOW BOUT SEDUCE ANCIENT LOVERS SHE MADE SARDNES SOUND SENSUOUS-HUMUS, AGAIN, SUAVE TO THE MAX-SWEET AND SOUR (I CAN'T READ WHT I WROTE-OFFR TO READ SOMETHNG.I AIN'T GOIN UP TO FIND-- U KNOW EVERY LINE HITS ME UPSIDE THE HEAD-U ARE AN AMAZNG POET U NEED TO BE PUBLSHED OR DENY A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO WNT 2 DROWN IN YOUR WORDS. JUST EVERY LINE ADDS TO THE TABLE YOU SET WITH THE GRACE OF YOUR WORDS- I DIDN'T MAIL THIS CUZ I WNT ALL TO KNOW! ~free!~
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Date: 5/18/2011 6:42:00 AM
U MUST GIVE ME YUR E-MAIL ADDRESS, NO ROOM HERE .I REMEMBER U NOW, I'VE READ QUITE A BIT OF YOUR STUPH.WHO THE HELL IS WHISPERING THESE WORDS IN YOUR EAR, A SPRITE TO SPIRIT PEOPLE AWAY FROM THEBANAL AND SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF POETRY THAT, AS I READ IT, MY MOUTH WAS AGAPE, AND THAT'S NOT HYPERBOLE.THAT'S FOR REAL GIRL.today i bathed in the coforting warmtgh of some amazing poem entiled, exquisitely i might add, i don't know, the lady took the word tea in a title GO TO NEXT COMMENT PLEASE
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Date: 5/16/2011 5:38:00 PM
Congratulations on your poem being featured this week, Brenda
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Date: 5/16/2011 12:56:00 PM
Congratulations on your featured write this week Brenda. Love, Carol
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Date: 5/15/2011 6:10:00 PM
Congrats Brenda on your featured poem this week on P.S... a great one to share with us all with luv..
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Date: 4/21/2011 4:28:00 PM
Way to go Brenda, Congratulations on your success in the winner circle. Agape, Moses
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Date: 4/21/2011 1:02:00 PM
Congratulations on the fourth place win in the contest, Brenda
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Date: 4/21/2011 12:41:00 PM
Wow!!! What a story. Many congrats on your WIN, Brenda. Lainie
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Date: 4/21/2011 11:30:00 AM
Congratulations on your win in the contest Brenda. Love, Carol
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Date: 4/21/2011 10:33:00 AM
An intriguing story, filled with many vivd details. I thouroughly enjoyed the ending. Very uplifting. Congratulations on your win in Debbie's contest!
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Date: 4/17/2011 4:44:00 PM
A truely superb piece I would be honored to have it in my Contest, just label it at the bottom in 1 category real/unreal/or Surreal..i believe it is rea?;) A JOY to read this! perhaps you will enjoy my verses of travel to Egypt, Japan, China, Nepal...Light & Love
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