Morning in Yangon

(In memory of Anthony Bourdain)

It’s always been
about the tea.
Black. Sweet.
Dollop of curdled

Everyone has a shop.
and they know how you like it
by reading your face.

You take yours creamy
strong sweet.

In a back room,
salty little fishes
in a cauldron over
hot wood coals.

Myanmar soup.

Brown wrinkled fingers
work mountains
of sweet bean pastry


Get ready for tea
time. Stir the soup!

Voices chatter over
sips of tea black.
Sweet. Milk. Fish
salty bubbling…

“I like to eat and I eat like a pig.”

Long bean salad.
Chicken heads served with spicy chilis.
Anything goes.
Cash only.

Summon the waiter with a kiss.

Crush of commuters
shoppers workers

tea shops.

Sometimes they sell
Egyptian cigarettes
and they’ll make your
tea any way you like
in Burma.

It’s really always been
all about the tea.

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Published by: The Poet Darkling

The Poet Darkling is an award-winning poet, lyricist, author, editor, and freelance writer. She is currently working on her fifth poetry and monologue anthology, as well as her memoirs. In 2013, The Poet Darkling had the distinct honor of writing an introduction and closing poem for the short story anthology, “Broken Spokes along the Way,” by author Vance R. Farrell. She is also an esteemed member of several writer’s groups, including Writers-Network, and All Poetry, and was featured in the All Poetry anthology “Rewrite Sunlight” in 2017. Born in Chicago, Illinois, The Poet Darkling currently resides in Northeast Tennessee with her family, her pet black widow spider (whom she calls “Walter”), her imaginary muse (whom she hasn’t named), and her many diverse personalities. Since her childhood, The Poet Darkling has survived all manner of physical and sexual abuse, as well as mental illness, drug addiction, and long-term homelessness, and her poetry reflects this. With a steady voice, diverse subject matter, and the singular intent of helping others not only survive the darkness, but thrive there. The Poet Darkling appeals to a wide range of readers. She speaks for the traumatized soldier, the weary mother, the confused teen, the abandoned senior, the disenfranchised minority, the serial killer, and anyone who has suffered heartbreak, addiction, abuse, mental illness, and even the sting of death – and all in perfect rhyme and meter…or not. Following her own doctrine of “Live first; learn later,” The Poet Darkling is currently working on her M.A. in Creative Writing/English, with a concentration in Poetry at Southern New Hampshire University, where she also earned her B.A. in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Poetry and a minor in Professional Writing, graduating summa cum laude in 2017. The Poet Darkling is proud to be a member of the Sigma Tau Delta (Alpha Pi Psi) and Alpha Sigma Lambda (Sigma Psi) honor societies. When she is not writing, or plotting her bid for Poet Laureate of the United States, The Poet enjoys talking to herself, wandering around aimlessly and poking dead critters with sticks.

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