The Art of Tea and Poetry

The Art of Tea and Poetry

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 stroke of azure
the blue creeping down the page to nothingness.
I dab the paper
under my brush the clouds begin to form
a touch of yellow then grey.
As the sky appears
I think of her.
Our time together cut short
loving each other so deeply
then she was gone.
Now alone I sit and paint
and then she came.
A small grey dappled butterfly
alighting weightlessly on the end of my brush
opening her wings basking in the heat.
The brush dipped in the still water
spreading the greens and browns of the horizon.
She remained unmoving.
No one noticing the tiny grey butterfly.
Each day she comes
as I sit and paint
my tears falling onto the sky.


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 catamaran. He now lives in the small town of Adra on the south Spanish coast, and works as a volunteer with the Red Cross. Most of his poems are of his time at sea, but also about the many people he has met over the years. Paul's poems have been published by Smashwords as ebooks that include: Poems of the Sea, Tales of a Travelling Man, Tales of a North Country Shepherd, The Pre-Raphaelite Girl and two short stories in The Countryman Magazine. Paul's work has also been published in numerous anthologies by Brine Book Publishers, and Indie Scribe Magazine.

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 catamaran. He now lives in the small town of Adra on the south Spanish coast, and works as a volunteer with the Red Cross. Most of his poems are of his time at sea, but also about the many people he has met over the years. Paul's poems have been published by Smashwords as ebooks that include: Poems of the Sea, Tales of a Travelling Man, Tales of a North Country Shepherd, The Pre-Raphaelite Girl and two short stories in The Countryman Magazine. Paul's work has also been published in numerous anthologies by Brine Book Publishers, and Indie Scribe Magazine.

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