Poem: Smoke Rising from the Teapot, by Mark Tulin/Weeds and Wildflowers

Smoke Rising from the Teapot, by Mark Tulin

This poem originally published in Dennett’s wonderful site, Weeds and Wildflowers. I wrote this poem based on Dennett’s prompt “The Idea of Home.”

Smoke Rising from the Teapot

I’ll miss my home
when I die,
the sheets of paper stuck to the walls
with my ideas,
computers charged on power cords,
palm trees swaying
outside my window
I’ll miss the brown sofa
that I shared with my wife,
watching baseball games
and old black and white movies
Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy
They don’t make stars like that
I must have cooked a hundred stir-fry
on that large black wok,
chopping onions and carrots,
adding the baby bok choy
There will be no more hand drums
played in the living room,
the beating of my conga,
the tapping of my bongo
No longer will smoke rise
from the metal teapot,
the blueberry hibiscus bag
dropped into the cup,
or holding my wife’s warm hand
during tender moments.


I am an author, poet, humorist, and short story writer from Palm Springs, California. I write about various topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia to my years as a family therapist and finally to my soul-searching in California. These are poetic narratives that may have humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry and stories resonate with you.

14 comments on “Poem: Smoke Rising from the Teapot, by Mark Tulin/Weeds and Wildflowers

  1. love the domestic images lovingly evoked 🙂

  2. Very touching . . .

  3. mauricecorlett

    Another evocative poem, Mark.

  4. Wow Mark!! Love the way you moved us on the journey around the room and life to you moving and loving ending!!
    Bravo, My Friend!!

  5. Theresa

    Very sweet! She does have warm hands – speaking as her sister, of course. 😉

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