Mad as a Hatter – Happy Easter!

When I recently had eye surgery
I needed to take oral steroids for
two weeks prior to the operation.
Apparently they affect people in
different weird and wonderful ways! 

Mad as a Hatter

Two o’clock in the morning,
wide awake
craving computer;
I have sale fever,
Add to basket – click!

Enticingly essential,
the teapot for one
dotted with bright
promises of Spring,
sits, incongruous
upon its stoical cup,
from which could
only be taken
delicate sips of
sheer elegance.

I begin to ponder
the wisdom of this
when the tiny
porcelain snail
perched on top
of the lid looks up
at me, winks,  and
gives me his blessing.

51 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ina
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 17:26:53

    LOL Hi Christine,
    this is great, yes it must have been the meds!
    This is one of those wonderful poems only you can write I think. You have a very beautiful sense of humour! The snail was probably happy to be bought! But in a way, it is a charming little piece of happy pottery 🙂
    Sale fever… ooh boy. Reminds me of a poem with a credit card in Barney the Parrot 🙂
    Good luck with the project you are working on.
    Love and hugs! xx


    • Ina
      Apr 06, 2012 @ 06:05:59

      And a very happy Easter! 🙂


    • journeyintopoetry
      Apr 06, 2012 @ 10:50:10

      Thank you Ina!

      “Little piece of happy pottery” – what a lovely phrase!!

      Yes I am sure it was the meds but I do love it! I haven’t used it yet mainly because the cup isn’t big enough! But I look at it every day on my kitchen counter and smile as the little snail winks yet again!! LOL:)

      And I remember the credit card poem too! 🙂

      Love and hugs xx


      • Ina
        Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:47:39

        lol well you might use it to put in a nice flower 🙂
        I am babysitting and she only likes when I sing lol.. help!

  2. dfb
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 17:43:41

    Christine, this is great! In its own way as imaginary as Lucy in the sky etc…! You know what they say, if you can remember the 60s you didn’t have a good time! 😉 Wonderfully imaginative, funny, and a joy to read.


    • journeyintopoetry
      Apr 06, 2012 @ 10:53:41

      Thank you David!

      LOL It is a bit “Lucy in the skyish” isn’t it!! I didn’t actually dabble in the magic potions of the 60’s except I did get legless on Cherry B’s quite often!!:) That was quite enough for me!! I had a good time – I think!! 🙂



  3. Martin Shone
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 18:55:42

    😀 Wonderful, Christine!


  4. Angela
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 19:03:18

    Yay!! Great poem, Christine! To do something a little mad, a little fun, a little frivolous… just because… to make your heart sing… will ALWAYS bring to life the little snail that sits on top of life’s tea party so that he can wink and give you his blessing. 🙂 Loved it, my friend xox


  5. susanjanejones
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 19:33:43

    How could you resist that, a wise buy I would say Christine. Mine’s an earl grey please….


  6. bardessdmdenton
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 19:44:12

    How precious…both your poem and your purchase, Christine! You did good–impulsive are sometimes the best thing for us!

    Blessings for a Happy Easter! Hugs, Diane

    PS (I am a teapot collector…wherever did you get this one? It is absolutely charming! And that snail is winking my way too…)


    • journeyintopoetry
      Apr 06, 2012 @ 11:05:04

      Thank you Diane!

      Yes I agree impulse is sometimes good! This proved so because I look at it every day and see the tiny snail wink at me! It has another snail hiding among the leaves in the cup and a cheeky little ladybird too! It gives me so much pleasure.

      I am tempted to collect teapots now! I mentioned it to my daughter after I had bought this one; she did her usual sigh! That made me ever more determined (that’s the child in me coming out – sometimes she is more out than in!):)

      This teapot is made y Price Kensington – they have some lovely stuff! Stop me now!!! I have no excuse now the steroids have stopped!:)

      Much love

      Christine xx


  7. bardessdmdenton
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 19:45:24

    I meant to say…impulses…are the best thing for us! (My internal editor immediately jumped up as I was posting my last comment!)


  8. Laurel's Reflections
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 20:21:07

    Oh, delightful! The last stanza is entirely charming 🙂


  9. AngelaMarie
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 21:38:53

    Oh, Christine, I just love visiting you!! The imagery in your poem made me smile from ear to ear — with your tiny porcelain snail that winks at you his blessing. Love it!!! Blessings to you this Holy Thursday! Love, Angela


  10. Betty Hayes Albright
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 22:32:43

    Christine, I love this poetic description of an impulsive moment, which I would say had a positive result. What a sweet, whimsical teapot that is – with the smiling snail on top. And I don’t doubt he really winked at you. 🙂


  11. Dennis N. O'Brien
    Apr 06, 2012 @ 00:51:06

    What’s in that tea Christine? 😉


  12. journeyintopoetry
    Apr 06, 2012 @ 11:10:56

    LOL!! 🙂 Ah Dennis, you may well ask!! 🙂



  13. Emma
    Apr 06, 2012 @ 12:33:46

    Hehe, Christine, this is great. Sometimes when the shopping bug bites there’s nothing to do but make a silly purchase and ask questions later. This is a lot of fun! Have a wonderful Easter.


  14. Eve Redwater
    Apr 06, 2012 @ 12:50:58

    I love this Christine! I can feel the impulsiveness and creativity shining through, it’s fantastic! 😀


  15. journeyintopoetry
    Apr 06, 2012 @ 14:08:01

    Thank you very much Eve.

    It has been a really enjoyable bit of creative fun! 🙂



  16. Caddo Veil
    Apr 06, 2012 @ 17:25:26

    I absolutely LOVE this–what a perky fun teapot, Christine!! God bless you today, and always. Much love, Caddo


  17. Jane Thorne
    Apr 07, 2012 @ 08:16:43

    Great poem Chris and this happy piece of pottery will always make you smile…clever you – big hugs xxx


  18. belfastdavid
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 09:42:38

    What a really ‘good fun’ poem.

    What a really ‘good fun’ blog.

    You will never be able to look at that teapot again without smiling 🙂

    Lots of love


  19. Veggiewitch
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:56:48

    Where is the “love” button? WordPress needs one. =0)
    Veggiewitch ♥


  20. gonecycling
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 09:44:20

    LOL. This is a lovely piece, Christine: warm, charming, intimate and very funny – that last stanza is glorious. And at least you had the excuse of the steroids: I see crazy things like all the time…a splendid poem. N.xx


    • journeyintopoetry
      Apr 09, 2012 @ 10:03:03

      Thank you very much Nick! LOL Your comment made me smile.It’s a good job I was only on those tablets for two weeks or things could have got seriously out of hand!!:)

      Christine xx


  21. Fergiemoto
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 20:52:01

    A delightful poem and a fun purchase! It’s amazing what effect meds can have.


  22. tikarmavodicka
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 23:04:07

    Hi Christine,

    Awwww, this is such a happy and gorgeous piece! And the poem too!! I love your description of giving into temptation and what an adorable bit of temptation. The snail is just too cute!
    Sometimes meds are blessings in disguise? 🙂 These kinds of pieces of whimsy are great to have around I think. It’s good to smile. Your poem and new tea pot certainly did that for me. 🙂
    I hope you are soon able to enjoy a cuppa of sheer elegance soon and that you are doing well and had a good Easter. 🙂

    with much love and
    ((((BIG WARM HUGS))))


    • journeyintopoetry
      Apr 11, 2012 @ 10:40:51

      Thank you Tikarma!

      It’s a good job the meds were only for two weeks!:)

      I quite enjoyed the feeling they gave but it could only be short term. It also felt very unnatural, and on a more serious note brought back feelings of alcohol frenzy – somewhere I definitely don’t need or want to go.

      But I do so love my teapot! 🙂

      Love and
      (((BIG WARM HUGS)))

      Christine xx


  23. The Background Story
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 09:16:37

    Happy belated Easter, Christine! And yes, retail therapy works well. Love the teapot!


  24. Francina
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 18:32:56

    ha ha , 🙂 Delightful poem. Christine and to be honest with you , I do like your teapot! Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

    love, Francina xxx


  25. granbee
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 18:57:49

    What an incredible gift of those eyedrops–winks from the teapot guardian! Perfect for Holy Week, the lead up to Easter and celebrating spring all over again! Glad to be catching up with you, dear Christine, after such a hectic, but blessed, Holy Week, and very long Easter holiday weekend!


    • journeyintopoetry
      Apr 23, 2012 @ 11:57:36

      granbee! Thank you! I am so sorry I haven’t replied before; I have only just seen your comment; don’t know how I missed it.

      My teapot guardian is still winking! LOL 🙂 xx


  26. Thomas Davis
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 20:54:13

    I’m smiling, Christine, smiling! May the snail on the teapot wink at you for a very long time yet. Do not forget to wink back, unless the yellow fellow is being fresh, then stick out your tongue at him. Your sense of humor is often wonderful.


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