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Make Some Tea
Abol Froushan


In order to settle my appetite
I’ll have the chocolate chip
In order to stomach the cookie
I’ll need to make some tea
In order to have the tea
I’ll put the kettle on
     and wait for the cooker to do its job
In order to have the tea
I’ll need to clear the teapot
In order to bin the teabag
I need a lined bin
In order to line the bin
I’ll use a plastic bag
In order to bin the bag
I need to move the door the bin’s behind
I don’t want it to shut
So get carried further and further
Away from settling my appetite

I bin the soggy bags
Drain the dregs
Throw in the teabag
And out the kettle
The boiling water
Then I am struck
     by this!
A karmic chain
That enfolds
And unrolls my thought
While the tea like the universe
Is going cold
Now the water’s boiled
Like the big bang
After waiting
Now      I am as far from the original chocolate-chip cookie
As the original Adam.

© Translation: 2010, Abol Froushan
Publisher: Poetry Mag, Paris, 2010
Used here with the author's permission.

Abol Froushan was born in Tehran but left Iran in 1975 to live and study in London. With a degree in mechanical engineering, a Masters in social and economic studies, and a PhD in fluid dynamics, Abol has enjoyed a dynamic high-tech career doing everything from nuclear engineering to information architecture for the banking and insurance industries. Simultaneously, he has pursued a literary career, writing and translating poetry, writing literary criticism, peforming his work in such venues as London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and National Portrait Gallery, and publishing four books. Learn more about Abol here.

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