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Ode to a Tea Bag
Jayne Jaudon Ferrer

It is the bleakest of mornings
as I crawl from my bed,
red-eyed, rumpled, and decidedly unrefreshed.
My right hip seems not to be working,
my left shoulder has a kink,
already a sinus headache is brewing
and, oh, Lord! — look at my hair!
Limping, snuffling, creaking, moaning,
I make my way toward the kitchen . . .
grope about in the dark for the kettle,
grope about in the dark for the tea tin,
turn on the stove, feel my spirits rise up
as I reach for a cup in needy anticipation.
Thank you, God, for the glorious gift of Earl Grey.
From She of the Rib (CRM Books, 2006).
Used with the author’s permission.

Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is the author of five books of poetry, a nonfiction book about games, and a novel, Hayley and the Hot Flashes. Jayne created in 2009 to share the pleasure and diversity of poetry. A former copywriter, magazine editor, newspaper columnist, and freelance journalist, her work has appeared in hundreds of publications. When not writing or reading, Jayne enjoys music, old movies, gardening, hiking, and good conversation. A native Floridian, she has lived in Greenville, South Carolina, for almost 30 years. Learn more about her at




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Earl Grey is one of my favorite ways to start the day too, Jayne. My English friend and I, agree that it is the best way to take care of any aches and pains.
Posted 01/25/2012 06:56 PM
Sense of humor within the truth of a touseled morning. Thanks. Love it.
Posted 01/25/2012 04:56 PM
Earl Grey is the house blend at our place! Thanks, Jayne.
Posted 01/25/2012 02:01 PM
Thanks, Jayne. I know about waking up wondering about that right hip, left shoulder, sinuses, and oh my, hair. Thanks for the reminder of how a hot cup of tea can change the beginning of a day---love Earl Grey . . . oh, and a good hot shower helps, too.
Posted 01/24/2012 08:28 PM
Tea can make the impossible almost possible, especially in the morning. Empathy, Judy (loved your poem)
Posted 01/24/2012 05:57 PM
Thanks, Jayne. What would life be like without a cup of tea?
Posted 01/24/2012 12:49 PM
wendy morton:
Bravo, from a rumpled fan. I think you should send this poem to a tea company( include their name) and ask for a year's supply.
Posted 01/24/2012 11:36 AM
Janet Leahy:
Tea seems so civilized, Earl Grey in a china cup, a fine way to start the day.
Posted 01/24/2012 09:49 AM
you must have been peering in my window, Jayne! good to see a poem of it!
Posted 01/24/2012 08:16 AM
Well, haven't we all been here and felt like this?!? Thanks for a gentle reminder, Jayne, of how the little things make such a difference!
Posted 01/24/2012 07:58 AM
Right there in the kitchen with you, Jayne, only substituting Trader Joe's New Mexican Pinion Bean coffee and time alone with a crossword.
Posted 01/24/2012 04:47 AM

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