Monday, 14 January 2013

HERBS, HANDS and HEALING

SOME SELL CUPS OF TEA
PRESCRIBED FOR HEALTH.

SOME DRINK IMMORTAL BUDS
OR EYEBROWS OF LONGEVITY.

SOME GO FOR SMOKED BANCHA TWIGS
OR FOR KUKICHA
CHILLED WITH
APPLE JUICE
IN SUMMER HEAT.

SOME 
LIKE ELDER BROTHER
APPRECIATE  EARL GREY
WITH ITS TINGE OF BERGAMOT
OR FOR A CEREMONY 
WITH WHISKED GREEN TEA.

NOT ME.

I'VE NO STATUS OR STANDING
BUT AM COUNTING
ON APPROVAL
FROM MICHAEL LONGLEY
"A FASTIDIOUS BREWER 
& TEA CONNOISSEUR"
FOR MY MARIMEKKO "POT"
FROM FINLAND
NOT JAPAN
AS YOU MIGHT THINK.

I'M  SITTING HERE
DRINKING-IN THE EVENING PEACE.
THREE LONG SIPS
THEN TURN
AND ADMIRE THIS CUP
NO CHANCE OF ZEN
UNTIL IT IS EMPTY.

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Golden GOJI Hermitage
September 2010/January 2013

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1 comment:

  1. nice tea poem! am especially drawn to the last stanza.

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