‘…and the tea’ (a poem)

An ekphrastic poem, inspired by Peter Juvonen’s painting Tea in the Conservatory and the Pet Shop Boys movie It Couldn’t Happen Here.

I’m reminded of the line
about a world in which there are no teacups

Sometimes it feels that way for real
except that we are here
at a party of pointed remarks
and empty spoons

Instead of teacups
we’re surrounded by barbs and arrows

Wildlife is a hallucination
of art-deco proportions

Shadows lurk
the host laughs

I wish I were that distant figure
barely visible through the corner window

I bet he has a teacup

(27 September 2016)