Tea minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6..........

by DAMO!
(Dublin)

The question has to be asked, “How hard can it be,
for a man to get a decent cup of tea”?
How can people get something so simple so wrong?
A question that has vexed me for ever so long.

Let me be clear, lest there be any confusion
I’m not into tea leaves or these fancy new infusions
Nor herbal nor green, Earl Grey or any of the rest
A good cup of Lyons Tea is simply the best!

I wonder why it is that people bother to ask
When they will not put any real effort into the task
Yes they are careful to ask how you take your tea
But what you get is something different, entirely

If there is one thing that really gets to me
It is being made a half cup of tea
I always opt for a mug because there’s never enough in a cup
But for some reason they seem incapable of filling it up!

After just two mouthfuls, Surprise!, It is all gone!
I hate always having to ask for another one
All the effort they made has gone to waste
The whole experience just leaves a very bad taste.

Making tea is a formula, very hard to get wrong
why so often served weak when I always ask for strong?
A small drop of milk please, how hard can it be?
But I often get tea in my milk, not milk in my tea

I do like my sugar and to tell the truth
I do possess an awfully sweet tooth
“three and a bit” I say when they ask
But is stirring it such an impossible task?

How easy can it be? Just move the bloody spoon
You were just standing there, what else were you doing?
And to see all that sugar sitting there at the end
Would drive the most sane person round the bend

Another thing I get really mad about
Is when people do not take the teabag out
And though the cup appears to be full to the top
You take the bag out and watch the level drop

You might think it’s funny but it’s certainly not
What to do with a teabag that is dripping hot?
A cup of tea is supposed to help you relax
Not be the cause of minor heart attacks

And the biggest evil, by far the worst
Is those who serve tea, knowing the teabag has burst
At the end you get a mouthful of leaves and grit
I do love my tea but sometimes wonder if it is worth it.

It got to the stage where I considered drinking coffee
But I was bamboozled by the variety available to me
Mocha or latte, perhaps a frappuccino,
Or maybe an espresso or a cappuccino

No, the idea of drinking coffee just left me cold
all I wanted was a cup of Lyons tea truth be told,
Though I have been accused of taking this issue too seriously
There is nothing in the world quite like.... a decent cup of Lyons Tea!


© Damian Murphy DAMO! 2013

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Apr 11, 2013
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Tea
by: Ger Dots

You have captured the views of a nation

Apr 10, 2013
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TEA MINUS
by: G CAMPOS

Excellent poetry, Excellent rhyme. Would like to
read more of your compositions....

Apr 10, 2013
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Enjoy your cuppa
by: Anonymous

Enjoy your cuppa you earned it

Apr 10, 2013
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bravo
by: Anonymous

Half cups of tea are the devil's work

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