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“The Chip in the Tea Cup” ~ a poem about memories

on June 24, 2014

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“The Chip in the Tea Cup”

Washing up in a bit of a rush,

‘Chink’, I hear that sound…

I look on the drainer, the chip

Says it all; slow down, slow down, slow down.


“It’s only a mug,” I tell myself,

Just a bit of pottery,

But still it holds memories from long

Ago and my heart goes into my mouth.


My stomach lurches, I begin

To feel sad.  That mug was a part of me,

It was used all the time, I hadn’t realised til now

The warm fuzzy feeling inside.


So, why use it at all?

Why not save it ‘for show’

In a cupboard to gather dust?

I won’t keep it for ‘best’ for a day far away

Because that just isn’t me.


Memories should be nurtured day after day,

Remembered, relived, re-told.

Bring the memories to life, don’t hide them away

Lest they be forgot and fade away.


I’ll hold onto my memories with all

My might; I look at the chip again.

The water drains off, swirls down the plug

But my memories still pump through my heart.


By Carol Cameleon


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14 responses to ““The Chip in the Tea Cup” ~ a poem about memories

  1. What a beautiful analogy. And I agree, memories should be cherished through actively remembering xx #thethemegame

  2. Lisa M says:

    Perfect. I could feel my heart in my throat as I read this poem. But if you’d kept it for special, it wouldn’t have gotten to be so special. Wonderful poem.

  3. nikoteen87 says:

    I think everyone has cup like this and it’s true you font realise the memories things like that hold until they break or are gone. Lovely poem. #ththemegame

  4. I used to save everything for best. Then I woke up.
    Liking your philosophy.

  5. judithkingston says:

    Love how this moves from the mundane to the philosophical, all through a tea cup. And it’s so true, very few of us go out to buy a generic set of 6 mugs from IKEA – mostly mugs are collected over a life time, random presents from friends and loved ones, souvenirs from treasured holidays. So sad when one breaks.

  6. emilytealady says:

    i too have a mug that I would be very upset to chip or break! It holds a lot of memories for me, but you need to use it, because its comforting and its nice to have a daily reminder 🙂

  7. maddy@writingbubble says:

    I feel the same about this sort of thing! Using something makes it more special over time as you continue to add to the memories… but then when it breaks it’s upsetting. My favourite mug broke the other day and my son wrote me a card saying ‘sorry your cup is broken’ because he said I looked so sad! #prose4T

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