mark-patrickTeapots and Sentiment Tea

Our friend Mark collected teapots.

We used to hang out in groups
loose collectives of young honey bees
raging in a beehive structure
vaguely understood by


One blue day
when Brisbane began to warm
we swarmed to the Spring Hill fair
jazz notes floating on heating air
in concert with wafts of incense
street food and muti-coloured tshirts for sale
too many but never enough
pots of icy cold fourex beer
scotch and coke, if you’d won last nights
game of cards
off our face laughter
time on our hands
in the laziest of hazy days.

A brightly coloured fat teapot
came home with us in the yellow cab.

Groups change shape over time
sulk off into the distance
when outsiders pick us off, one by one.

Mark was picked off early
just another traffic accident
on the 6 o’clock news.

I’ll never forget his collection of teapots.


Dedicated to the memory of Mark Patrick

note: published in Speedpoets Magazine (Vol 9.4) 2010

10 thoughts on “Teapots and Sentiment Tea

  1. Oh my dear, Gabe, this touches me in the depth of my being. It doesn’t matter how long those we love have been dead, precious memories come to us, touch us with the specialness of those who are no longer here, and the sharing of them gives a lift of spirit to others who mourn and remember.

    We’ve never met, yet I know you (a little) and care for you and your family. I’m so thankful that blogging brought you into my life. Big cyber hug. xx xxx

    1. That is up there as the sweetest comment I think I’ve had on the blog – thank you Tricia xo – and I’m glad to have ‘met’ you (big hugs back to you). It’s funny how the memories suddenly invade our hearts at unusual times and places – still vivid like it was yesterday. I think it is a good thing to remember those who have gone and to still talk about them.

  2. Hi Gabrielle. Sad but your poem reflects your warm and fond memories of your friend. It touched my heart. Would have loved to have seen Mark’s teapot collection.

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