She was pouring black tea when she told me

Author: Elina Pugacheva

Title: She was pouring black tea when she told me

Date: 2021

She was pouring black tea when she told me

We’re moving to where they don’t drink much of this

We drank tea at the airport, too

How long before we see rude cashiers again?

How long before the artic winters ruffle the soul?

A decade on and the place hasn’t changed a bit

Would you believe it?

We grudge through the depressing city slowly

Savouring the potholes like candy with tea at New Year’s

They say all Khrushchevkas look the same

But we spot ours from a mile away

Funny

The only home I’ve ever had is the one crumbling

We drink tea silently

My mother and I

The black liquid burns slowly

The drab walls less so

She was pouring black tea when she told me

We’re moving to where they don’t drink much of this

Original location: This poem originally featured in the Chariot Tea History Mini Edition (2021): https://issuu.com/chariotjournal/docs/chariot_tea_history_mini_edition_2021. Poem by Elina Pugacheva and graphic design by Daisy Norfolk.

Image credits:

Grafvision from Getty Images Pro. Black Tea in a Glass Cup. [Altered]. Accessed 4 October, 2021. Canva One Design Use License Agreement.

Twilight Sparkle. Decorative Ornamental Lamp Illustration. Accessed 4 October, 2021. Canva One Design Use License Agreement.

Graphix Mania. Airplane Drawing Doodle. Accessed 4 October, 2021. Canva One Design Use License Agreement.

Sketchify. Whimsy Magic Elements Smoke. Accessed 4 October, 2021. Canva One Design Use License Agreement.

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