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A Lovely Cup of Tea - Poetry, Art and Bone China

I started writing poetry as a child. I write performance poetry, observational, sometimes humorous, sometimes serious human rights issues

This is my poem about Tea - all kinds of tea

The word for "tea" is universal - shai in China, Char in India, Chai in Turkey and the Middle East, and it is not uncommon to hear people say a Cuppa Char in Britain - harking back to the travellers and mariners who tasted tea in foreign lands and brought some back home with them.

I have a lovely collection of tea paraphernalia, and am showing it off on this web page. There's also a Quiz "What Do You Know About Tea?"

My Various Tea Containers

Here's My Poem - "A Lovely Cup of Tea" - (or "A Nice Cuppa" if you prefer)

A Lovely Cup of Tea

I'm off to Vladivostok

Where it's samovar and chay;

And Chittagong's my next stop

Punkah wallahs serving char;

Then China shai in Shanghai;

In Istanbul it's chai.

Then back to dear old Blighty

For a luvley cuppa char:

I'll see me mates in Hackney

And 'ave some Rosie Lee

(Earl Gray would think that common

and stress that we sip tea).

But when one reaches *Kensington,

One has variety:

Darjeeling in the evening

And breakfast tea at three

And rosehip with one's cereal

And peppermint for tea

And red and orange zingers

Whenever one is free

And fennel, jasmine, camomile,

Lapsang souchong -

Stop awhile!...........

All I ever dream of is

A lovely cup of tea.

© Diana Grant 1st March 1992

(*Kensington is a rather trendy area in London)

My Catherine Kidson Tea Cosy, Bone China Jug And A Floral Mug

Take This Poll About Tea - How do you compare with other pollsters?

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party From Alice in Wonderland

  By Arthur Rackham

By Arthur Rackham

Another Mad Hatter's Tea Party - This Time a Modern Version - Isn't This Picture Fun?

This Copyright image is used with the consent of the artist, Mark Bryan. He is a wonderful artist, humorous, political and technically brilliant. Have a look at his website

This Copyright image is used with the consent of the artist, Mark Bryan. He is a wonderful artist, humorous, political and technically brilliant. Have a look at his website

  • Tea With Friends by Angela McRae
    A very appealing and attractively designed blog about tea generally. In particular there are a few pages about Teatime jewelry - a magnificent collection of antique pins, bracelets and brooches connected with tea - I recommend this highly for an info
  • Tea at Prim Rose Hill
    A delightful blog about teatime with tea-time recipes and lovely photos

Oh, The Sheer Delight Of Drinking Out Of Such A Beautiful Mug!

Art Nouveau Swan Design

Art Nouveau Swan Design

Did You Like My Photos (Or Shall We Say Mug-Shots!)?

The mugs are all part of my collection of bone china mugs.

Would you like to talk about anything at all? Or say what you think about my poem?

if so, this is the place to do it. I love to hear from people all over the world - somehow it seems to bring us closer together.

Heres my Guestbook Where you Get to Say Your Bit - Did You Enjoy the Poem? Please Do Write a Comment

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on February 01, 2017:

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Interesting hub, and well-written poem. I don't drink tea often, but when I do I like black tea with just a little milk or black with a squeeze of lemon.

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on October 17, 2014:

jptanabe: Me - I'll drink anything except Earl Grey - it's too pungent for me!

Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on October 14, 2014:

Love all things tea! Had to vote for "ordinary tea" on the poll because that's what I live on, but Earl Grey was a close second.

Kimberly Schimmel from North Carolina, USA on October 13, 2014:

I had to choose one for the poll (Earl Grey) but jasmine comes in a close second. Sometimes I think I love the smell of tea more than the drinking of it.

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on June 22, 2014:

@Scindhia H: How lovely to meet someone who is that close to tea

Scindhia from Chennai on June 22, 2014:

My grandparents cultivate tea. I love tea. Looking at your lens brought back so many happy memories. Beautiful lens!

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on June 21, 2014:

@burntchestnut: Thanks, I've never heard of her, but will look out for the book

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on June 21, 2014:

@burntchestnut: Thanks, I've never heard of her, but will look out for the book

burntchestnut on June 20, 2014:

I enjoyed your lens. just finished reading another Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs. She has all kinds of interesting tea facts in her books. I think you'd like her.

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on May 09, 2013:

@Gypzeerose: Thanks so much, and I'm glad it had an emotional connection for you too

Rose Jones on May 08, 2013:

Oh! So much fun! I love tea, and it is sentimental to me because my sister who just passed last year loved it so. Linked to the lens about her favorite tea: and social bookmarked.

Amy Trumpeter from Oxford on May 05, 2013:

Oooooh lovely! Nothing like a good cup of tea!

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on August 28, 2012:

@bender2003: I've even got a packet of powdered massala tea - I've had it for ages because, having opened it, I don't like it. I gave it to my son, but he gave it back to me, with the suggestion that I use it up when I make curry!

bender2003 on August 26, 2012:

I tried different tastes of tea in my country regular black tea which is very delicious if prepared in a Samawar, japanese/chinese Oolong tea, different flavour green teas esp the taste in Taipei was wonderful and the awfully (joking) sugar dripped Arabic, Pakistani(milk tea) ...and afterwards same tea different preps,ingredients and hundred percent different taste...

I feel that this is a miracle

David Stone from New York City on August 21, 2012:


Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on August 21, 2012:

The only tea that I am familiar with is "Sweet Southern Iced Tea" so I enjoyed learning more about hot tea here and enjoyed your lovely poem.

PoeticChristian on April 27, 2012:

What a very nice poem. I love peppermint tea with Honey and half N Half (or the creamers they use at restaurants). I love to write poetry myself. Part of your mug shots from flicker are not showing so I thought I'd tell you. Otherwise, great lens.

anonymous on February 18, 2012:

I loce hearb teas with honey. You poem is sweet!

Liz Mackay from United Kingdom on November 03, 2011:

Loved the tea poem. blessed.

JJNW from USA on August 13, 2011:

I love your poem!!

*** Blessed by a SquidAngel *** for original and clever poetry, very nice photos of your personal collection, and because you seem totally enchanting!

Linda Hahn from California on June 06, 2011:

Southern style is my favorite - strong sweet iced tea, served throughout the southern United States.

Snakesmom on May 14, 2011:

Nothing like a good tup of tea and an interesting page to red, nice job!

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on May 10, 2011:

I am another Diana who loves tea, lovely tea sets and mugs, and poetry. So, of course, I find this lens delightful. :-)

nickupton lm on May 06, 2011:

Great tea poem. In Thai the word for tea is also "char" - seems almost universal.

Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on May 06, 2011:

As a tea lover I love this lens!

tssfacts on December 17, 2010:

Green tea is my favorite tea. When I don't have that then I drink the regular tea. You know us southern girls grew up on drinking tea ice tea that is.

sponias lm on December 13, 2010:

This is a beautiful lens! I like your poem, your pictures, and the atmosphere you created here.

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on December 11, 2010:

Fun poem, Glorious! That swan mug is really beautiful, too. I have a couple of tea lenses I will lensroll this to:

I'd love to have you visit!

Liz Mackay from United Kingdom on August 04, 2010:

Very interesting finding out about tea. Like the poem too.

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