Tea Stains & Cigarettes

Tea Stains & Cigarettes by Brooke Gardner


Tea Stains & Cigarettes is a collection of poems that illustrate a sense of reality through the lens of mental illness, heartbreak, past traumas, love, and loss. Brooke L. Gardner paves the path down memory lane with a mixture of her own hardships and happy moments with poems that anyone can relate to within their own lives.


small, quiet, mouse-like
friend to the shy, sister to the broken
looked up to the sky
with words soft-spoken
who loved the waves
who loved the ocean
feelings of self-hatred, guilt, and abandonment
fears of solitude, judgment, and enclosurement
who composed sweet melodies with her words
who desired change in herself and the world
born an accident, living on purpose


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