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SCARBOROUGH FAIR is currently hosting a Flash Fiction and Poetry Contest open to all University of Toronto Students. The strongest pieces will be selected by a panel of judges and be published by Scarborough Fair.

The contest deadline is October 31st 2015 at 11:59 PM.     

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Tea Leaves


Tea Leaves

Kevin Connery

by John Dias

Water wavers in this ceramic cup.

This wishing well that was to be my home

Now holds the tinges of an ashtray.


Camellia escapes my tear ducts as I am removed,

And verdant vibrations run from my wet retinas.

I am the cinder in the air by the waning sun,

But I reside in reality next to a red steaming kettle.

When I am metaphors I have never hoped for,

I can only craft words for those dreams deferred,


But even as this day ends, my savour blooms,

And my blood fills your brimming cup.

I was born and exploited for your enjoyment.


You hold me in your calloused hands-

Steam rises from my throat to yours.

Remember that this world is beautiful

Beyond your understanding.

Feel my warmth and flavour

As I am consumed by you.