Saturday, January 16, 2021

Of Hot Brews, Positive Stubbornness, and Other Yummy Things

not-quite Journaling, 4

A well-versed tongue
can give you wings.

1/10/21: I was going through my old stuff (I will be doing a lot of that this year), and this poem bit made me think of a recent exchange with a friend. We were discussing how important (and cleansing) talking/writing can be. And yes, I also snickered quite a bit at all the extra interesting interpretations this piece can arouse. 😁

1/13/2021:An Uncrushed Flower”, crafted after someone told me that “positivity, in our times, is a nasty and condescending word”. I didn’t argue with them. Not because I didn’t think they weren’t wrong, but because I don’t particularly care for wasting my time or energy. I believe that no matter how hard things get (and goodness knows things have gotten hard for me a time or 13), I’ll always do what I can to find a way to make things better (and most of the time, I do find a way). Sadly, that isn’t something any person can teach to another—not if the one needing the learning has already chosen to dismiss the power of hope, of hard work, of endorphins, and of positive stubbornness. I hope today is good to you; and if it isn’t, I hope you fight to make it so.

brew, sip... sipped!
(a tasty tea tale
in winter)

1/15/2021: I could drink coffee all day. But since coffee all day might mean me awake all night, I have to delight in tea. Still, I lust after endless coffee... Maybe that is the reason why I enjoy brewing my tea in a Turkish coffee pot. 🤔


- for Poets and Storytellers United (Writers’ Pantry #53: The Bicentenary of Anne Brontë’s Birth).

43 comments:

  1. "A well-versed tongue" . . . well, of course you know, my mind went RIGHT THERE.

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    1. Your mind and my mind seem to walk the same paths, lol!

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  2. A post full of delights! Like you I could drink coffee all day but have learned to love (herbal) teas as well. I lust after your Turkish coffee pot! (I'll be hunting one online.) I also like your poems of the well-versed tongue and uncrushed flower: a big Yes! to both.

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    1. I am quite taken by my Turkish coffee pot, too. It's just wonderful when something is both pretty and useful!

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    2. I hope you find one just like it!

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  3. Searching our past to refresh our present isn't such a bad way to spend our time XXX

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  4. I enjoy this kind of journaling, Magaly, which is like a cosy chat, complete with smiles, winks and asides. I agree that ‘a well-versed tongue can give you wings’, especially when there is another participant in the conversation. And there is nothing wrong with positivity. I’m off to make another tasty tea tale!

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    1. I'm so happy you like the structure, Kim. I started it because some of my friends, who aren't on Instagram, said that they have missed my blogging. This feels a bit like blogging to me.

      I hope you enjoyed your tea. I just finished 3 small bawls!

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  5. I totally agree about the well-versed tongue. There's something cleansing about it. And with keeping positive, I don't know how those who resist positivity survive in this sometimes gloomy and chaotic world. But what's the point indeed, of trying to convince them otherwise.
    Wise words, Maga!✍🏾

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    1. I've always found that keeping positive is both weapon and shield. And both things are helpful when used well. Let's hope we always know how to use them well.

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  6. How depressing it would be to be affected by negative thoughts and possibilities. You have always given me the impression of being quite the opposite and being a very determined person Magaly.

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    1. Negativity rots the soul. And since I don't care for stinky rot, I always go the other way.

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  7. Oh, we need a lot of hope especially nowadays, and coffee too. Thank you for the encouragement, Magaly.

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  8. Enjoyed your pantry MG; and esp enjoyed the middle stanza of An Uncrushed Flower.
    Have a great day!

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  9. I can kind of, sort of see where the complainer may have been coming from, but I think they may have been confusing false/ toxic positivity for the real deal. I've seen false positivity employed as a way to make people feel lesser. Real positivity though doesn't come from denying truths or walling them up alive with bricks of "good vibes only!" It acknowledges the bad and plots out a course accordingly. Once you've had a sip of each, its easier to tell them apart. You can tell the strength of the brew in the tasting.

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  10. Trying to make it better too... Love "tea tales."

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  11. yes, and courage and strength too. thank you!
    p.s. that green leaf looks like pandan leaf we use to make our brews more fragrant. our household brew lemongrass with rock sugar, plus some of the said leaf. it's a great drink. :)

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    1. I've never tasted pandan leaf. I just looked it up and the description of the taste sounds extra intriguing. I shall search for some!

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  12. A well-versed tongue
    can give you wings. You got me laughing! You bad girl, wink! LOL! But, you are right, talking, writing, creating, is very cleansing!
    Yes, that is so true, we can't teach another to have hope or have positive stubborness, that's why all I can do is send them love! I love how you make your tea! Big Hugs!

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    1. Bad? Me? Nah. I'm just wicked awesome, lol!

      And I love the idea of teaching each other hope and positivity. The world would be a great place if we could manage that.

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  13. My ... your pantry seems to be overflowing with pure goodness! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  14. A lot to love here--the tea, the lust for coffee--the desire to make things better--Happy new year!

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  15. I love your skill with found poems...and I love a well versed tongue! I weaned myself to decaffeinated coffee some years ago. I enjoy iced tea, but never did become enchanted by hot tea. I think for most tea-drinkers, the pleasure is also in the steeping!

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    1. My Piano Man went decaf some years ago, too. It's probably time for me to do the same. Soon...

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  16. Nice ones. Happy Sunday. Enjoy your brew

    Much💖love

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  17. "Not quite journaling" opens up your world while others hold it in I'm sipping a cup of tea while reading and opening your Instagram pages. Hoping for the best for you.

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  18. Excellent writing Magaly. Engages one to think. I am pleased to join in at P&SU in this new year. Hope it’s a good one for all

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  19. Jules (From Twiglets)

    It is a valuable life lesson to know when to be quiet when someone rambles who you don't want to argue with. Let them go their own way. :D

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  20. Love the tea tale haiku. Very whimsical

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  21. I've been thinking about the well-versed tongue, and realize that without such, one can easily become a crushed flower.

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I love your insightful remarks. So, go ahead, let them fly…