Simple Recipe for Ten Minute Ginger Tea

April 11, 2023

Asma Al-Masyabi is a free-verse poet and visual artist based in Colorado, who occasionally delves into flash fiction. She is currently pursuing her Associates in English with a concentration in creative writing. Her two biggest passions are crafting the written word and art and she wants to pursue a life-long career where she can do both. She’s dreaming big dreams, reading good books, while simultaneously baking chocolate chip cookies. When not experimenting in the kitchen, you can find her reading all the comics she can get her hands on and watching the next big hit her mom found on TV.

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In partnership with Girls Write Now, Channel Kindness held a poetry contest entitled “Art of Kindness.” Below is a sneak peak of one of the contest’s honorable mentions, a poem written by Asma Al-Masyabi. You can read the entire poem on the Girls Write Now website.

Simple Recipe for Ten Minute Ginger Tea


guess six mugs of water into a pot

and set to boil as six cups–clay-baked

and glazed–wait for you to retrieve

honey, the jar beside the

knife block, glued to the marine-tiled wall



dance your fingers around the plastic, search

for an unsticky spot, and then invite


until amber heaves downwards, thins into a rill

plummets into the hollow of each mug



reach for the bulbous warp of ginger, flake

the gold autumn skin,

grate the bite of sunset,


should sharpen your nostrils

Read the full poem on the Girls Write Now site.

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