I'm in the Mood to Experiment

Submitted by Mary on Tue, 03/15/2011 - 04:22

I'm in the mood to experiment.

Uh-oh--right as I'm making my morning tea, too.

I shouldn't, I know, but yes, here it comes:

that feeling, that urge, that I just can't resist;

that enticing little voice that says "Just try it!"

The teapot shrieks and I'm helpless to fight it.

Here I go, once again, to "try it!"

So out comes the teacup from China;

in goes the teabag, steeping it strong;

in goes a good dash of nutmeg,

 and two big drops of lemon extract;

Oh dear! it hasn't let up, that feeling,

and in goes the ginger and a spoonful of honey.

Stir it all up and it smells... experimental.

So stir it again, close your eyes, take a sip--

Oh my.

My experiment failed, I walk to the sink,

throw the 'tea' down the drain and the cup in the dishwater.

The kettle's still hot, so out comes the mug,

yes, a mug this time, with wild mustangs across it,

in goes one more teabag and boiling water.

Steep to perfection, add sugar and cream,

and a bit of vanilla for flavor.


Perfect, just as I like it, just as I drink it--

every morning.

You'd think I would learn my lesson eventually:

I like it this way, so why try to change it?

But alas, I know that answer too well:

I'm just not the one to let things be.

Is 'well enough' well enough, really?

How can I know if I leave it alone?

So failures and all, it's a matter of time

'til the urge strikes again, and I'm once again

in the mood for a little experiment...

Author's age when written


It's a good thing you experimented with tea.  If you had done it with coffee, the result could have been lethal...

"The idea that we should approach science without a philosophy is itself a philosophy... and a bad one, because it is self-refuting." -- Dr. Jason Lisle

Ick. That sounds about as bad as the time Justin put lemon AND vanilla flavoring into the pizza crust...yeah, I don't turn him loose in the kitchen very often. ;0)

And now our hearts will beat in time/You say I am yours and you are mine...
Michelle Tumes, "There Goes My Love"

This was great, Mary. It was very sweet!


The Holy Spirit is the quiet guest of our soul." -St. Augustine

this is really good how you kept it flowing and it didn't sound chopy at all. Very good!

Just as long as I experiment once, I feel as if the routine isn't so routine at all. :)

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief