The Art of Tea and Poetry

The Art of Tea and Poetry

Honoring the poets who have practiced and perfected their craft in our Peppered Poets Community.

by Shay Ottolenghi,
Shay Ottolenghi Shay Ottolenghi is a 17 years old dance student in the Thelma Yellin High School of Fine Arts in Israel. Ever since the 1st grade, he found the world of writing fascinating and versatile, and wrote many e…

An Errand into the Desert

And so the boy was calm,
as he grasped her wrist.
He didn't notice, didn't sense,

About by Shay Ottolenghi,
Shay Ottolenghi Shay Ottolenghi is a 17 years old dance student in the Thelma Yellin High School of Fine Arts in Israel. Ever since the 1st grade, he found the world of writing fascinating and versatile, and wrote many experimental poems and stories. After being accepted into the…

Arthur Turfa
Arthur Turfa is a poet who is originally from Pennsylvania, has lived in various parts of the United States and Germany and is currently living in South Carolina. His poetry and other writings are heavily influenced by where he has lived,…

On a February Afternoon

Our language
was neither’s native tongue.
enduring
errors and accent
he pointed toward
the person I
wanted to become.

From a country neighboring…

About Arthur Turfa
Arthur Turfa is a poet who is originally from Pennsylvania, has lived in various parts of the United States and Germany and is currently living in South Carolina. His poetry and other writings are heavily influenced by where he has lived, traveled, and by people he has met. Among his litera…

Portia Burton
Portia Burton is 24 years old. She is a student of Human Behavioural Science at the University of Cambridge. She has been writing poetry since her 9th standard and recently started ' testing the waters ' by posting her poems in a number o…

Evening

Delicate evening flowers
Have opened their hearts,
Their petals tremble
On the swell of subtle scent.
May this fragrant wave
Engulf your soul,
May the maroon musl…

About Portia Burton
Portia Burton is 24 years old. She is a student of Human Behavioural Science at the University of Cambridge. She has been writing poetry since her 9th standard and recently started ' testing the waters ' by posting her poems in a number of poetry groups and communities. Portia's reading is devoted…

Sean M. Price
Sean M. Price enjoys writing. His storytelling spans the expanse of poetry to plays and ventures from the shallows of the short story into the depths of long fiction. He lives in Virginia.

Bruised Ribbons at Dawn

Alone at the crest
Of a crouched new day
Near a fractured nest
Found along the way.

Fragments of a home
Forlorn strewn apart.
Do those doves now roam
O…

About Sean M. Price
Sean M. Price enjoys writing. His storytelling spans the expanse of poetry to plays and ventures from the shallows of the short story into the depths of long fiction. He lives in Virginia.

قانت تكميل Qanit Takmeel
قانت تكميل Qanit Takmeel is a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. His interest in poetry can be traced back to his roots- all his family consists of poets.

Shadows

They follow me through thick and thin
through dank tunnels of my mind.
Those murky forests, dusty dunes
and the pain, that's left behind.

A mosaic they form on the floor…

About قانت تكميل Qanit Takmeel
قانت تكميل Qanit Takmeel is a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. His interest in poetry can be traced back to his roots- all his family consists of poets.

Paul Chapman
Paul Chapman was born in Lincoln England in 1951. After leaving school at 15 took on various work: chef to bagpipes, museum curator, fisherman and artist. He spend 15 years on the Isle of Skye before returning to England. Paul left Englan…

Painting the Sky

There is nothing to offer shade
I sit alone on hot stone steps.
Take out paints and stretch paper on a board
with my brush I carefully wet the sheet of pure white.
One brush st…

About Paul Chapman
Paul Chapman was born in Lincoln England in 1951. After leaving school at 15 took on various work: chef to bagpipes, museum curator, fisherman and artist. He spend 15 years on the Isle of Skye before returning to England. Paul left England in 2006 after selling his house and buying a small catamar…

The Poet
قانت تكميل Qanit Takmeel is a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. His interest in poetry can be traced back to his roots- all his family consists of poets.

As the Mist Came

As the mist came
With the dawn of the rising moon,
The dull grey spread
O’er trees, homes and runes,
On an empty street, silent and
Dark…

click <…

The Poet
قانت تكميل Qanit Takmeel is a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. His interest in poetry can be traced back to his roots- all his family consists of poets.

The Poet
Sean M. Price enjoys writing. His storytelling spans the expanse of poetry to plays and ventures from the shallows of the short story into the depths of long fiction. He lives in Virginia

Commitment

I gave it all to you,
My life - my sanity.
Days of gray now shade blue.

I feared calamity,
Ignored in selfish hour.
Time parades vanity.

That alluring f…

The Poet
Sean M. Price enjoys writing. His storytelling spans the expanse of poetry to plays and ventures from the shallows of the short story into the depths of long fiction. He lives in Virginia

The Poet
Portia Burton is 23 years old. She is a student of Human Behavioural Science at the University of Cambridge. She has been writing poetry since her 9th standard and recently started ' testing the waters ' by posting her poems in a number o…

New Meaning

Strange, mysterious shadows
Gather all around
Prodding me to propagate
Anew from my being’s ground.

I feel like a seedling
Dreaming of blooming flower…

The Poet
Portia Burton is 23 years old. She is a student of Human Behavioural Science at the University of Cambridge. She has been writing poetry since her 9th standard and recently started ' testing the waters ' by posting her poems in a number of poetry groups and communities. Portia's reading is devoted…

The Poet
D.W. Palma has been writing since he was young. Rap and rhyme, poetry and prose, songs and stories; writing is his dream and passion. Most of what he writes about pertains to societal inequities and the darker sides of human nature as a r…

Hallucinations

Mood disorder is slow murder,
Side effects from a cocktail of
Meds taken every morning and night
Like clockwork take their toll,
Memories come and go with morphing
Of sha…

The Poet
D.W. Palma has been writing since he was young. Rap and rhyme, poetry and prose, songs and stories; writing is his dream and passion. Most of what he writes about pertains to societal inequities and the darker sides of human nature as a reflection of the reality of the world in which we live. He h…

Krishna Mohan
Krishna Mohan was inspired by his mother to write. He rediscovered his joy for writing with the help of his beloved. Music, Science, Mathematics, Spirituality and their multiple intersections are particular interests of his.

FOR THE LOVE OF LADY QUANTA

“99% of physics is known!”
Save for the photoelectric koan!
With a packet of light, came to dethrone
A patent clerk; Kelvin’s claim all but blown.

Ener…

About Krishna Mohan
Krishna Mohan was inspired by his mother to write. He rediscovered his joy for writing with the help of his beloved. Music, Science, Mathematics, Spirituality and their multiple intersections are particular interests of his.

Arthur Turfa
Arthur Turfa is a poet who is originally from Pennsylvania, has lived in various parts of the United States and Germany and is currently living in South Carolina. His poetry and other writings are heavily influenced by where he has lived…

Das Martinskloster

Our lives are rivers
on which we travel
unaware of our route
determined by riverbanks
unaware that where we
are at any given moment
results from tributaries
f…

About Arthur Turfa
Arthur Turfa is a poet who is originally from Pennsylvania, has lived in various parts of the United States and Germany and is currently living in South Carolina. His poetry and other writings are heavily influenced by where he has lived, traveled, and by people he has met. Among his …

Portia Burton
Portia Burton is 23 years old. She is a student of Human Behavioural Science at the University of Cambridge. She has been writing poetry since her 9th standard and recently started ' testing the waters ' by posting her poems in a number o…

In Me, a Poem

Around me, the cement of silence,
the trees too, hold their breath.
The lake serene, like a meditating monk
and in me, a poem squirming to sprout.

In this night, silent…

About Portia Burton
Portia Burton is 23 years old. She is a student of Human Behavioural Science at the University of Cambridge. She has been writing poetry since her 9th standard and recently started ' testing the waters ' by posting her poems in a number of poetry groups and communities. Portia's reading is devoted…

قانت تكميل Qanit Takmeel
قانت تكميل Qanit Takmeel is a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at …

The Unposted Letter

The unposted letter was there-
where I had seen it not,
I had headed not where it lay,
immersed in my perpetual life,
I could not even recall the day.
The day I had, with…

About قانت تكميل Qanit Takmeel
قانت تكميل Qanit Takmeel is a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. His interest in poetry can be tra…

قانت تكميل Qanit Takmeel
  قانت تكميل Qanit Takmeel is a PhD candidate in Materials Scienc…

In Memory

Fine-
they lie.
Mother Earth
inhumes them all.
Sisters misweaving
their colourful carpets.
Even the red dye flowing
through our throbbing lives cannot m…

About قانت تكميل Qanit Takmeel
  قانت تكميل Qanit Takmeel is a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. His interest…

Portia Burton
Portia Burton is 23 years old. She is a student of Human Behavioural Science at the University of Cambri…

Imagine

Imagine:
You are captured,
Taken to a desolate desert,
Thrashed, lashed,
In a cage, dumped...
All this 
Has turned you
Into a living…

About Portia Burton
Portia Burton is 23 years old. She is a student of Human Behavioural Science at the University of Cambridge. She has been writing poetry since her 9th standard and …

قانت تكميل Qanit Takmeel
 قانت تكميل   Qanit Takmeel is a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. His interest in poetry can be traced back to his roots- all his family consists of poets. / / He enjoys analysing p…

Replacement

The dawn of the rising moon-
A pale penny, tossed over misty streets,
buildings, bazaars and runes;
through the skylight it seeps
in. The walls are empty,
the floors are …

About قانت تكميل Qanit Takmeel
 قانت تكميل   Qanit Takmeel is a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. His interest in poetry can be traced back to his roots- all his family consists of poets. / / He enjoys analysing poetry- particularly middle English poetry- through a socio-p…

James Ritter
James Ritter was born in Fullerton, California and lives, with his wife and two daughters in Los Angeles.  He has been writing poems since the 1990s.  / His poetry is influenced by eclectic reading in many fields of literature, science…

EPIC RAP BATTLES OF POETRY Robert Frost! vs. William Carlos Williams!

FROST
Listen Bill, you're a doctor
Tisn't your fault that my rhymes are going to rockya!
I ought not scare you with how bad it's going to get
But, your free-versing ass …

About James Ritter
James Ritter was born in Fullerton, California and lives, with his wife and two daughters in Los Angeles.  He has been writing poems since the 1990s.  / His poetry is influenced by eclectic reading in many fields of literature, science and history. Literary influences include William Carlos Wil…

Arthur Turfa
Arthur Turfa is a poet who is originally from Pennsylvania, has lived in various parts of the United States and Germany and is currently living in South Carolina.  His poetry and other writings are heavily influenced by where he has lived…

Thoughts of Paris

L’Auberge de Jeunesse à Suresnes
Lies to the west of central Paris
Near a suburban train line
Separating streets of 
One or two-storied buildings.

Rain poure…

About Arthur Turfa
Arthur Turfa is a poet who is originally from Pennsylvania, has lived in various parts of the United States and Germany and is currently living in South Carolina.  His poetry and other writings are heavily influenced by where he has lived, traveled, and by people he has met.  /      Among his l…

Portia Burton
Portia Burton is 23 years old. She is a student of Human Behavioural Science at the University of Cambridge. She has been writing poetry since her 9th standard and recently started ' testing the waters ' by posting her poems in a number o…

A Butterfly

He felt an ocean
Surging all around him,
But, strangely, he was amused
Rather than  afraid.
He also felt  strong  again,
All those tubes attached to him
Seemed redu…

About Portia Burton
Portia Burton is 23 years old. She is a student of Human Behavioural Science at the University of Cambridge. She has been writing poetry since her 9th standard and recently started ' testing the waters ' by posting her poems in a number of poetry groups and communities. Portia's reading is devoted…

Leah Colliou McKay
Leah Colliou McKay was born on a dark and stormy night. Fascinated always by the Human Condition, poetry has flowed from the mind and heart of this lady since the age of seven, when the discovery of words became not just an exercise in ed…

Fear

Like stormy, savage seas
churning shaken guts in woozy submission
hanging weak and slack upon the guardrails
of false support's proposition

See-sawing with rolling, rese…

About Leah Colliou McKay
Leah Colliou McKay was born on a dark and stormy night. Fascinated always by the Human Condition, poetry has flowed from the mind and heart of this lady since the age of seven, when the discovery of words became not just an exercise in education, but a faithful friend. Spirituality, tarot cards, w…

Arthur Turfa
Arthur Turfa is a poet who is originally from Pennsylvania, has lived in various parts of the United States and Germany and is currently living in South Carolina.  His poetry and other writings are heavily influenced by where he…

The Metropolitan of Wallace Street

A few Baltic households remained,
Interspersed throughout the barrio:
Bodegas and the Roberto Clemente Center
Between churches built by Russians,
Swedes, and Lithuanians two ge…

About Arthur Turfa
Arthur Turfa is a poet who is originally from Pennsylvania, has lived in various parts of the United States and Germany and is currently living in South Carolina.  His poetry and other writings are heavily influenced by where he has lived, traveled, and by people he has met. /      …

Paul Murphy
Life for this poet was full of turmoil, anger and a rusting childhood oiled by drink. On his thirteenth birthday, he asked for a guitar, and it changed his world. It became his best friend and companion. His guitar fed him once he gained …

The Imprint Remains

What will I leave, as my days drain away?
Dark rings through dead wood, do they whisper my age?
How shall I grieve when decay has its say?
Stark realism's good when I play on my stag…

About Paul Murphy
Life for this poet was full of turmoil, anger and a rusting childhood oiled by drink. On his thirteenth birthday, he asked for a guitar, and it changed his world. It became his best friend and companion. His guitar fed him once he gained the courage and the need to follow it. He left home at fifte…

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