365 Day Writing Challenge 39: Coffee & Tea

365 Day Writing Challenge

39. Coffee & Tea: Surely you drink one or the other or know someone who does- write about it!

I associate tea with my mum – bowl like cups filled with grey milky tea, the smell making me gag. Walking steadily up the stairs, trying not to breathe in the smell, watching it slop in the cup and praying it won’t spill. Getting her to open her bedroom door, and setting it down carefully. Her slurping away, hair unwashed, no bra.

I don’t like tea.

I associate coffee with my dad – a clean functional drink in a clean functional blue cup. Precise and easy instructions: a teaspoon and a half of coffee, a teaspoon and a half of sugar. And only, thank God, a tiny splash of milk.

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Dad

Poetry

I was from another world,

and so were you.

When I think of you,

I think of hills.

Long, long walks

off into the unknown –

I think of the wind in my face,

crisp, clean, clear.

I think of the autumn leaves.

I think of the magic you bring –

that something new and different and exciting

could be waiting

around any corner,

any time.

We aren’t from different worlds any more.