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Milk Pitcher
Susan Mahan

With a smooth finish and a deep blue glaze,
the milk pitcher has the word “Doolin” carved onto the bottom edge
It is handcrafted
and cost just five euros.
It is a memento of my first trip to Ireland,
where I sought
shamrocks, rainbows, and a good cup of hot tea.
I make a ceremony of tea
And think of my trip each time I pour the milk.
I bought the piece from a roadside shop
that was vacant but for the pottery,
the price list,
and the tin can in which to leave payment.
© by Susan Mahan.
Used with the author’s permission.

Susan Mahan has been writing poetry since her husband died in 1997. A frequent reader at poetry venues, and the author of four chapbooks, she joined the editorial staff of The South Boston Literary Gazette in 2002. Susan lives in East Weymouth, Massachusetts.


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Posted 10/11/2012 02:30 AM
thank you all for your nice comments!
Posted 10/10/2012 04:43 PM
Like the pottery mug, like the almost empty shop, Mahan gives us her memory in just a few simple words. We can see and feel her experience, and those of us who love tea can taste it, too.
Posted 10/10/2012 11:10 AM
a lovely story poem which made me feel that I was "there" too. Enjoyed ~ Judy
Posted 10/10/2012 11:09 AM
Beautiful imagery. I love these types of poems that say so much with so few words. It allows each individual word to provoke powerful images. An excellent poem!
Posted 10/10/2012 12:05 AM

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