The Cape May Teapot of Poetry

tea cozyI’ve read about poets jumbling bits of paper with words on them in a hat or bowl as a writing prompt. I think this is a great idea! Especially with children. Or even as your own prompt. Draw out several random words and get to work. 

I found this tea cozy at Love the Cook shop in Cape May, NJ. I couldn’t resist it. It’s a great size for a teapot that holds four cups of tea. Or dozens of words.

I didn’t use this word-on-a-paper creative method to write this poem. But thought it fit the post.


He boasts
that he’s an expert
at titration—
a whiz
at judging the last bead
of solution
that causes a reaction and
neutralizes a mixture—

Back in college,
teaching assistants
would gaze at him in wonder;
He was a robotic titrator,
if there ever was one,
twisting the valve
just so,
measuring the concentration
to the ten-thousandth place;

Now in the mornings
when we share a pot of tea
and he asks, “More?”
posing the fat, brown pot
wrapped in a thick, tea cozy
over my cup,
I nod as the
driblets of tea
slide down the spout,
staining the hidden part of the fabric.

*First published by Grey Sparrow Press, Summer 2011, Issue 9


About Sandy Green

I am a poet and children's author. Visit my website at
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