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Brew Round

Important conversations called for tea.

Hands wrapped around a mug,

you were always more prepared to listen

when the steam could be counted on

to fog your glasses

and warm the last of the frost

from your nose.

By the time you’d drank to the dregs

it would be bordering on cold

but still

waste not, want not.

The things left to say

once you’d drained the tea

had to wait.

That was just the way it was,

We spoke a mug at a time

or I did at least.

You were always silent,

stirring the sugar in.


It’s a quick one tonight I’m afraid as I’m trying to pull together a word document of all the poems I’ve written over the last three years. I’ve decided to enter the International Book and Pamphlet Competition hosted by The Poetry Business which requires 20-24 pages of poems. It’s just a matter of finding which ones I actually have the confidence to submit.

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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Some of the best conversations happen over a mug of tea…and some of the worst too. Nicely done. Good luck with the word doc.

  2. Good luck with the pamphlet, Carol. I’m sitting The Poetry Business one out this year and focusing on the new grandson, whose arrival is imminent.
    I’m with you on this: ‘Important conversations called for tea’. I had to smile at the lines:
    ‘when the steam could be counted on
    to fog your glasses’ – that always happens to me!
    A wonderful portrait in a cup of tea!

  3. Beverly Crawford says

    Beautifully written (and good luck with your poetry submission)!

  4. Sometimes a steamy view helps overlook some things that might naturally bother us. That warm sweetness makes us all feel good!

  5. A great story about someone who would listen a moderate length of time (depending how cold it was 😉 Good luck with your project…even the excuse to review what you’ve done should be worthwhile.

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