Hot and Cold

by Joy Asbach

The cracking sound
ice chips make
as they drop
into a hot
cup
of tea

The steam dances
on the liquid
surface

twirling                          
with its                         
arms
outstretched
as it
escapes

from the cup smooth honey
and tart lemon meet
my lips taking

the first sip


Joy Asbach has always enjoyed writing poetry and telling stories, though she considers her true passion to be acting and has performed on-stage in thirteen musicals and plays in Texas theaters. It was during her role as Glory in “Almost Maine” that she met her husband, John. They live in Grand Island, NY with their Mountain Cur/Border Collie dog, Luna.