Tea Pot by Susan Tepper

After we buried all the large bills in her sweater bin under the bed, we put the twenties, tens and fives in her teapot collection. Annie didn’t want the money in her favorite one. It’s a teapot made to look like a lemon that we bought in Italy that time. While we were still getting along. The one that has a small ceramic lemon and green ceramic leaves sticking out of its lid. The one she uses for iced tea. That she used to use for ice tea. Before I cheated. When she still trusted me. When she trusted the water was safe for drinking. When she trusted the lemon peel was OK unpeeled in the pot. When she lifted the stove kettle without a pot holder. When she thought she was lovely. All that.


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17 responses to “Tea Pot by Susan Tepper

  1. randalhoule

    This really left me breathless and glad my “tea kettles” are all stainless steel.

  2. I love the skill in pacing here, Susan. The action and explanation coming down to staccato stabs.Nice.

  3. Wow, love how you wrapped up an entire relationship in an object. That is skill. Great stuff. Peace…

  4. Michael

    I too love the pacing and rhythm of this piece, reads like it is breathing. I also love the slow unraveling of demise of the narrator’s friend, the small revelations. And I concur with Linda’s comment: using the object of the tea pot as a symbol for the relationship. This is skill at work. Loved it.

  5. this is fantastic. you’re so good.

  6. Deborah A. Upton

    You got my curiosity up–everything went to pot after the cheating!

  7. I love this piece. I can almost see the shape of the teapot in the text! Thank you!

  8. Kelly

    ditto on all the above – so subtle, a world of complexity precariously anchored by a single object, very nice!

  9. “I’m a little teapot, short and stout…” hehehe…fantastic as always. I’m a huge fan.

  10. Barbara Lucy Hosken

    Love the idea. You whetted my appetite and I want more! really enjoyed it.

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