The Art of Tea and Poetry

The Art of Tea and Poetry

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 poured down each day
As we gathered from five continents
Drawn to the wonder and grandeur
Of the City of Lights as so many
Generations, lost and otherwise,
To the grey city, 
Cement-towered and massive
Punctuated by green parks,
Sliced in two by the Seine.

In and around the hostel
A Babel of tongues and accents-
A California coed on summer fling
With Turkish manager
(I too then was Californian)
A sodden South African enthralled
By my unfamiliar accent,
The Pair of Scandinavian girls,
This time Norwegian with
Flags on their backpacks,
A hitch-hiking Brit en route to Riviera.

Down the street at an Algerian bar
The Brit and I offer colorful franc notes
For deux bieres á pression
Behind us a brightly-lit juke box
Topped by a television screen
Blaring Arabic songs and videos
Of Coptic crooner amid pyramids
And belly dancers in a harem
(Wish we had that at home I think)
This proto-MTV, this Ur-Video.
(Quite exceptional back in 1976!)

I remember the people and places;
A mass of humanity passing the Mona Lisa,
WWI poilu pumping my hand in Versailles
Exclaiming Vous etês American
as medals dance on his lapel,
Drinking morning tea from a large bowl-like cup,
Slaking thirst with limonades  in the Luxembourg,
Searching for Sartre in Left Bank haunts.

Recently surfing through the news
In three languages, listening to the BBC
Both ways on long commute,
Horrified by havoc, saddened by scenes 
I never could imagine, wondering
What it is like now
In that Algerian bar down the street from
L’Auberge de Jeunesse à Suresnes.


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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