Storm in a Tea Cup


Who would believe that Trumpeteer’s wife

Would continue living with her irascible husband,

Always forgiving his whiplash?  His mind seemed

To be a battlefield of which he was a prisoner.


The other day, Mr Trumpeteer invited a few guests

At his place and by misfortune, one of the guests

Remarked, “wow, this food is so palatable! Your beautiful wife

Is really endowed with such great culinary skills!”


And the husband who was always raising a great storm

In a teacup, fretted and fumed, dashed out fire and brimstone

From his eyes! Alas! All the gay moments of just hours before

Vanished into thin air!


Lightning flashed from his fiery eyes.

Jealousy enveloping him, the venom of fury overtook him.

He left his dinner plate,

 And started insulting the guest.


The storm gained speed, threatening all those present.

He started crashing the plates and throwing the hot bowls

Of food on his wife and the shocked guest

Who had dared to compliment the wife!


Alas! Most of the guests were stunned!

A few continued gormandising specially

The children, who enjoyed the scenario.

One teenager shouted gleefully, “A storm in a teacup, ha ha!”


And he instigated his friends to start throwing found  

On each other. The husband was shocked into silence,

Probably confused to see himself being imitated.  

With his head fixed on the ground, he left the room.


The spill over from within stopped soon. Seeing him, people would

Whisper, “There goes the man who can ‘brew’ a storm in a tea cup!”


©Pushmaotee Subrun

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About Pushmaotee Subrun

Pushmaotee Fowdur Subrun was born in 1949 in Mauritius. She pursued higher studies in Delhi University where she graduated in English. For the past forty-four years she has worked in secondary schools, seven years of which she spent in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, teaching English in an army school. She completed her PGCE at the Mauritius Institute of Education in 1993. After her retirement, she was a member of the Council of the University of Mauritius for three years. She is currently a reader and editor in the Ministry of Arts and Culture. She has written one novel, one play and Short Stories and Fables. Her poems have featured in Setu Magazine, ‘Poetry and Creativity’ and in Atunis Poetry.

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