The Art of Tea and Poetry

The Art of Tea and Poetry

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
the one my father’s people
left two generations earlier,
ethnic rivalries softened.

One February afternoon
we spoke of Solzhenitsyn’s
arrival in the West.
Softly speaking, saying to me

We Slavs are homesick
when we leave the homeland
even if we suffered in it

He too knew of labor camps,
stretching towards
Siberian oblivion,
aware of the similarities
between extremes
on the political spectrum,
and resultant pain

Decades later learning
of his poetry and acclaim
after the madness ceased,
I wish I could send him
a signed copy of
my poetry book and show
who I had become
because of
that February afternoon.
But I can only whisper
Sbohem, Herr Professor, sbohem

And on another blank page
give form, coherence, clarity
to another thought.


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 literary influences are the poetry of T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden and Rainer Maria Rilke and the prose of Thomas Mann, John Updike, and John Irving. His musical influences range from Handel to Zappa.

Some of his poems have been published in print and e-zines around the world. He is an owner of Words on Fire which is a community on Google+. He is also an active member in other communities on G+. His first book of poems, “Places and Times, Reflected” will be released by eLectio Publishing in April 2015.

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 literary influences are the poetry of T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden and Rainer Maria Rilke and the prose of Thomas Mann, John Updike, and John Irving. His musical influences range from Handel to Zappa.

Some of his poems have been published in print and e-zines around the world. He is an owner of Words on Fire which is a community on Google+. He is also an active member in other communities on G+. His first book of poems, “Places and Times, Reflected” will be released by eLectio Publishing in April 2015.

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