From the Heart


I’m an internet junkie. I’m an addicted surfer. 

The internet and I are best friends!  Now we all know that the Internet is an integral part of life today. We bank, work, go to school, shop, play, and interact socially online. According to US Consumers, the average amount of time spent on the Internet is three hours per day. The Internet gives access to all the information we could want or need at our fingertips, but in some cases, people become obsessed with staying up-to-date on the latest economic news, celebrity gossip, or technology. This behavior negatively affects daily activities, such as diminishing quality thinking time, becoming less productive, experiencing a breakdown in organizational processes, and a deterioration of interpersonal communication.

But before I continue any further with all this – let me say this – just to clear the air, I am not internet addicted.  I don’t have Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD), also known as problematic Internet use or pathological Internet use, which is excessive Internet use that interferes with daily life. But while recently surfing, I did find a site with a lot of really cool tea poems and I just wanted to share one with you.


Tea, No Sympathy

Bigelow brews up basic black;
Lipton warms with its touch

of tart Tuscan lemon. But I see
these aren’t your cups of tea.

With them, you get no yin, no
yang, no sweet and bitter blend

of Golden Flower, no accents
of lanky Jasmine Fairy Maidens

quick to unfold their charms
in the tallest sipping glasses. You

tend to trend to gourmet tastes,
need all the tea in China to brew

old Harney’s Golden Monkey,
uncovering leaves’ clearest notes

of honey to sweeten and loosen
your Rumi’s tongue. “Take tea

with me” comes in a silken sachet
I need not strain to decipher. Oh,

to get tippy in Assam’s best garden,
to unwrap your golden Dikom buds

as I unwind my pearls and purple sari.

Maureen Doallas, author of Neruda’s Memoirs



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