Tea, and Ceremony

When you serve tea to your guests, you should simply serve tea from your heart, and think about nothing more.   – Sen No Rikyu



When we don’t wanna think,
we drink. Tea and rum
-bled phrase, days and days
and daze of steeped words, stirred.

We need no bag, nor string,
just small shards, shattered things
to blend with jasmine, sage and un
-chambered secrets.

It doesn’t matter where you put
your feet, or place your beautiful
hands, or space your syllables
or find your song.

We’ve set a place for you. Be
-long, stay a minute or a day,
stay the night (bring pillow, chalk);
we’ll poem-talk until the sun awakes.


Quote inspiration and prompt from Rommy over at Toads




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13 Responses to Tea, and Ceremony

  1. Oh I love it.. a poem talk in jasmine fragrance… tea has its special way of building bonds I think

  2. elleceef says:

    I really love this,,would love to be there,,,

  3. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    We’ll poem-talk until the sun awakes… sigh.. just lovely ❤❤❤

  4. Kerry O'Connor says:

    We need no bag, nor string,
    just small shards, shattered things…

    There is so much more to the sharing of a beverage than mere drinking it in. Here is an invitiation to belong.

  5. kim881 says:

    Adore that last line, De!

  6. Oh, yum! To “poem-talk” in the dark while sipping tea with souls that take you exactly as you are. What a delight!

  7. Rommy says:

    Secret brews shared with no questions asked – yes, this is the hospitality that can be found in true friendship. Wonderful stuff!

  8. Shawna says:

    Love that second stanza.

  9. I love the sense of a place where one can just be/long…so wonderfully sacred. Beautiful, de…we picked the same quote! 🙂

  10. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Wonderful! We have Samhain coming up here, and when I read, ‘We’ve set a place for you,’ I almost thought … but no, not where you are. It’s inviting anyway, with the promise of depths to be plumbed.

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