Tea Poems

Lâle Müldür

Lale Müldür always comes to my mind when we talk about tea instead of drinking it… I say, I would only drink dark Turkish tea if I was committed to a mental hospital as well…

“I can never make you sad
I would like to make you chamomile tea
Then orange tea
Smoked lapseng souchong tea
But I can never make you sad
I can only go crazy
I go crazy by myself
They put me in lape
I drink dark Turkish tea there
Just that”

Lâle Müldür
Lâle Müldür is a Turkish poet and writer.

“Then maybe we drink tea. It rains if we are lucky.
We play the game of infusing the drops with hope,
My drop kisses yours on the forehead,
Maybe good things happen.
I think you should come…”

Lale Müldür
Lâle Müldür is a Turkish poet and writer.

Lâle Müldür

How to put it; when tea is mentioned Erzurum or Rize comes to mind, for example. There isn’t a city in my country that tea is unknown in. Let alone Turkey, there isn’t a place on Earth that tea is a foreigner to.

Cahit Zarifoğlu

“When he sits at a table…
He drinks tea with intention…”

Cahit Zarifoğlu
Cahit Zarifoğlu was a Turkish poet and writer.

Let’s say, the cities of Erzurum or Rize comes to mind concerning tea; there isn’t a city in Turkey in which tea is unfamiliar. Tea is known everywhere in the world, let alone in Turkey. From the five o’clock tea in England to the Chinese making tea out of every herb known to man… But tea is different in our country. It is suitable for every occasion. When people conduct business together and reach a conclusion they treat each other to “a cup of tea”, when the business falls through they say “At least have our tea”… There are many excuses to drink tea as you see.

“Drink up so I pour you some tea…”

âh Muhsin Ünlü
Onur Ünlü is a Turkish film director, screenwriter, poet and actor.

Âh Muhsin Ünlü
Cahit Zarifoğlu

“When he sits at a table…
He drinks tea with intention…”

Cahit Zarifoğlu
Cahit Zarifoğlu was a Turkish poet and writer.

“The tea we drink is tea as well,
Tea with crooked lips, bruised eyes, red and blue
Come from the valley like rain.
The tea we drink.”

Sezai Karakoç
Sezai Karakoç is a Turkish writer, thinker, community leader, and poet.

Sezai Karakoç
Necip Fazıl Kısakürek

“Stir your tea to melt time.
Melt in bubbles and smoke.”

Necip Fazıl Kısakürek
Ahmet Necip Fazıl Kısakürek was a Turkish poet, novelist, playwright, and Islamist ideologue.


Don’t dismiss it by saying it is only tea, it is like a love potion… It is medicine for shaky souls, whether due to the cold or love… Tea warms you up. It is the cure for shivering. It feels like a hand reaching out and holding your heart dearly. It calms you down… There is nothing better than getting drunk with tea…

“We ordered two cups of tea there one was light
I wish I only loved you for that…”

Cemal Süreya
Cemâl Süreya was a Turkish poet and writer of Kurdish–Zaza descent.

Cemal Süreya
Cezmi Ersöz

“Tea means it’s not all over yet…”

Cezmi Ersöz
Cezmi Ersöz is a Turkish author, poet. 

“But if you ever come to this town don’t forget to call me,
I will treat you to tea and clean wounds…”

Osman Konuk
Osman Konuk, Turkish poet and academician.

Osman Konuk
Turgut Uyar

“There were those who went to drink tea in the afternoons, and those who went to the parks
Abiding by the situation made his days shorter with a constant sadness…”

Turgut Uyar
Turgut Uyar, Turkish poet.

“We drink tea
In a happy silence…”

Cevat Çapan
Cevat Çapan, Turkish academician, poet, author and translator.

Cevat Çapan
Sunay Akın

“There is room
In the tea cup
The amount of room left
Isn’t even close enough
To how much
I cannot stay away from your eyes…”

Sunay Akın
Sunay Akın is a Turkish poet, writer, TV host, journalist, and a philanthropist.

“…
If I am still writing your name on wooden tables,
If I am looking for the recipe for love in love books,
If I find you again in letters of sorrow,
If I wipe my tears in wet towels,
If I regret after every ending romance,
Ask me about loneliness,
If I scream and tell you to ask me about loneliness,
And in the morning cafes
Brew my longing for you like a cup of tea,
And if I still miss you in spite, your tea-black eyes,
Know that this is because I love you like a man does…”

Ahmet Selçuk İlkan
Ahmet Selçuk İlkan is a Turkish poet and songwriter.

Ahmet Selçuk İlkan
Sunay Akın

“Make it look like an accident…
Carve them in the shape of a tea cup
My headstones
And because I cannot take a single sip
From life anymore
Lie a spoon
On top of them…”

Sunay Akın
Sunay Akın is a Turkish poet, writer, TV host, journalist, and a philanthropist.

But tea means peace above anything else… We put the water to boil when we get up before preparing the breakfast in these lands… If a house has some tea boiling on the stove, it feels more like a home. It is as if the vapor of the tea sends us little love notes. This is why ladies love tea times the most… They draw paths from heart to heart during every single tea session, drinking one cup after another…

“There must someone who says “May your day be bright and your evening great”
There must be a phone ringing in my ear now and then.
Otherwise, it isn’t hard, it isn’t hard at all,
To stir a cup of dark tea
And sip it to your heart’s content.
But; “How many sugars do you take?”
There must be that voice sometimes as well…”

Can Yücel
Can Yücel was a Turkish poet noted for his use of colloquial language.

Can Yücel
Murat Menteş

“Let me treat the whole country to some tea every time you smile,
A single sip of tea gives me energy like strengthened Uranium when I am with you Şebnem”

Murat Menteş
Murat Menteş, Turkish poet and novel writer.

“Or when you open the door to a room
In that high afternoon heat
Someone who is knitting next to the window
-Is it knitting or the extraordinary way those hands hold a tea cup-
Cannot be seen and
Was there anything demanding to be seen
Was there anything else from the old heartaches.”

Edip Cansever
Edip Cansever was a Turkish poet.

Edip Cansever
Sezai Karakoç

“I see your eyes in my cup of tea
Your eyes on your own cups
Their eyes”

Sezai Karakoç
Sezai Karakoç is a Turkish writer, thinker, community leader, and poet.

“Sen yarımın gasidisen eylen sene çay demişem.
Hıyalını gönderipdi bes ki men ah vay demişem.”

Muhammed Hüseyin Şehriyar
Seyid Muhammed Hüseyin Behçet-Tebrizi is an Iranian Azerbaijani Turk poet also known with his Şehriyar ‘maha’ nickname.

Muhammed Hüseyin Şehriyar

Tea brings people together and wrap them up. It doesn’t call for 40 years of memories like coffee, we all love the sentence “Come for some tea again” the most…