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Tea + Poetry

Earl Grey

Notes had been sent asking after my whereabouts. I hadn’t indulged in my favoured Earl Grey, tiramisu and panna cotta combo for months. This is my day off, so I presented myself at my friends’ patisserie just after 11.00 (dessert before breakfast, people) and got to work. Eating, that is.

Orange panna cotta

As for play time, this is what I got up to. Special thanks go to Egbert Starr for permission to work on this composition using excerpts from his brilliant prose poem, The Gallows’ Horse. Please visit his blog to read the full version.

open magazine pages with tiramisu and orange panna cotta

Featured magazine – Numéro, Tokyo, April, 2016. Vol 95: Perfume ads; “Dark Romanticism” and “Pretty Killer” editorials by Ellen Von Unwerth with art direction by Yuni Yoshida.

Dark Romanticism with glass try and tea

Prose poetry excerpted from “The Gallows’ Horse” by Egbert Starr.

Facing pages; poetry on magazine page; empty dessert jars

I said to the wise man I met, “Love.” And I said to the crone the same. To children, I said to them, “Love one another.” To kings, philosophers, chemists, scientists of every kind, my message was exactly so.

I remembered from the land above the flower of my treachery. I remembered my rage and anger and my fulsome seductions of a thousand Persephones. How pleased I was! How capable! How incisive and cross-quotable my demonic possibilities. I was in the world of common men without compare!

second page with poetry written on

Epic prose poetry, and it tasted fantastic. My friends and I chatted while I worked, so they were my guest editors. Thank you for reading, too. Enjoy a sip of all right until we meet again. SB


Life is short, so let’s be decent.

108 replies on “Tea + Poetry”

Simply delightful SB, so lovely to have you back and in full force. You have taken beautiful prose, a most appetising cup of EG and that gorgeous panna cotta and created something that is greater than the sum of its parts. Love your work x

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Thank you so much, mGm. EG rules. I basically took the risk of trashing everything I had prepped and scheduled for now, telling myself to try harder but not that hard. To be “as and when* is a new personal movement. I hope I will continue to be moved. xo


Thank you, Lindy. The orange panna cotta was a new offering from the shop. It has orange pegs in orange jelly and it’s all created in-store. I got the last one.

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You know how some people start the day with hot water and lemon? For me- your posts. This is gorgeous, SB. You’ve invoked all the senses. I love how much careful attention and love you put into your posts. The fact that you have been thinking about this post since November doesn’t surprise me. Catch you soon xx

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It was a riot! 🙂 I used to lemon water, but now I’m more an apple cider vinegar + water. Not saying I’ve ruled out lemons though, I just go through phases…

I particularly loved the picture of your tea with the clove sitting at the bottom xx

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Thanks. The clover was too cute and lucky as this was a brand new tea set. The apple cider is my thing too. I do both every morning. Here’s to your health. Have a lovely Wednesday. ❤️❤️

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Both? I get overwhelmed with the amount of things I think I *should* do, and then end up doing very little. Best of health to you too. Catch you soon- don’t leave it too long between posts! xx


Buen provecho. I love it when coworkers spoil me with dessert. I note that you’re ha img the dessert after lunch. I can never seem to get it right. Thank you for stopping by.


Thank you, Matt for that lovely compliment. I’ve been stewing on this idea since November last year, so I had better get it right. Egbert was pleased with the results and I’m very happy about that.

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The orange and orange jelly peaking out is how the panna cotta was served. That was fascinating. It just hung in there until I stopped pressing the shutter. The consistency was thick and creamy (not too moist like a pudding), which I loved.

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Very nice! I do think that we all need time to reflect on ourselves and our surroundings to see how we fit or want to fit in. I do enjoy reading and thinking about what you are trying to say. 😉 sam

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Thank you so much! I’m totally into your work, of course and this was an outing that was long overdue. I gave it a tremendous amount of thought and it was a relief to finally be in the right frame of mind to get it done. I appreciate your warm support. Best wishes. xo

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