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triveni spotlight: 1st June 2023

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Teji Sethi and Kala Ramesh GUEST EDITOR: Lakshmi Iyer June 2023

steeping tea

the time it takes to lose a street

to snow

Ben Gaa

The Heron's Nest: XV:2 ~ Editor's Choice ~ (2013)

Wishbones - Folded Word 2018

Hello readers,

There are moments of surprise in the poems hidden in between the time and space that breathes and echoes a voice of the universe. Unlock the door to the poem that stirs to startle you for a minute. Walk through them. Question the perception and resonate that with your experience. What makes you pause?

This month is going to be very interesting. Watch out for this space, every alternate day! Thank you, Lakshmi. We are waiting to see the month unfold. _()_

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Sebastien  Revon
Sebastien Revon

Very surprising ending, like a twist to a short story, and contemplative. I learnt a new word too "steeping" as English is not my mother tongue. Thank you Ben!


Thanks, Kala!


Thanks Lakshmi for selecting this poem. It’s one of my personal favorites.

It was written to capture exactly the moment contained within the poem. It was winter and I had just set the timer to steep my tea. As I waited it started to snow and during that time the world got covered and everything disappeared beneath a blanket of white.

The key feature of the piece is the long second line. It captures the passing time as tea steeps set up from line one. And then you snap back to the one word line 3 to learn what simple small thing has taken away the sight of the street.

Akila G
Akila G

Thank you for sharing your thought that went into the poem and the small technique used in line 2....perfect show not tell.



Nice choice!


lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer

Thanks Triveni!

And thank you to Ben Gaa to share this poem.

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