Ode on a Kitchen Urn

Oh Practic shape! fair promptitude! with brede
   Of LED and buttons overwrought,
With crimson nozzle and snow-white mains lead;
   Thou, silent form! dost tease us out of thought
As doth eternity: Hot Potable!
   When old age shall this research team retire,
      Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
   Than ours, a friend to PhDs, whom thou inspire
‘Brewed tea is truth, truth brewed tea, -- that is all
   Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.'

Carolyn Whitnall, 2014

(With apologies to Keats!)