slice of life: meditation on a cup of tea

With distance learning now a part of my teaching life, I’m finding it very difficult to disconnect. Seeking a lack of stimulation, I turn to poetry.

This Slowdown podcast. featuring poet Craig Arnold’s Meditation on a Grapefruit, inspired me to meditate on my morning ritual.

I walk down the hall
barefoot
refusing the light
running my fingers along the wall
till the curved edge guides me towards
the kitchen
where my cup is waiting.

I touch the switch
grab the kettle
pull a lever.
Tap water fills to
just below the spout and
I stop the flow
still and cold.

I unlatch the loop and stick that locks the bamboo box
where my tea
organized by type
sit in neat squares for my selection.
Ignoring the black Assam again
I choose green jasmine from the top middle box
leaving only two.

I tear the paper packet
not the sachet.
Pulling the tag it falls
into my floral china cup
that waits for boiling water.

Steam rising, bubbles banging
against stainless steel, I reach for the pot.
Water meets tea
making bag and string rise
then
saturated sink
to the bottom where
dried leaves open infusing water with
its gentle grassiness.

I lift my cup and blow
hurrying my first sip
remembering my mistakes
I wait
knowing patience makes for a good cup of tea.

 

 

14 thoughts on “slice of life: meditation on a cup of tea

  1. I LOVED that episode and plan to use the poem as a mentor text, too! We got news that our buildings would be closed as of tomorrow. Hubby and I drove over. I brought a bag full of math resources, a bag full of Language Arts resources and books, and a bag full of…POETRY!

  2. “gentle grassiness,” such a great description. I need to get back to this podcast. I usually listen in the car and, well, I haven’t been in the car much. Your poem is so full of sensual imagery. You should write poems more often.

    • I listen to this podcast and then look up the poems. Seeing them, after listening is powerful. And, thank you for your kind words. Poetry writing is a puzzle I need patience for. The process is rewarding, but I feel I’m never quite done with the tinkering.

  3. We begin our days much alike, this image is strong.
    “I walk down the hall
    barefoot
    refusing the light

    Thank you for sharing!

  4. Morning rituals and “small successes” are such a treat but your patience is evident.
    “I lift my cup and blow
    hurrying my first sip
    remembering my mistakes
    I wait
    knowing patience makes for a good cup of tea.”
    Patience helps in so many areas of our lives especially these days!

  5. As I read this beautiful poem my focus was on all the actions you took, all the touching. So much of what we do – like making a cup of tea – involves so much touching.
    I also love how you observed all the small actions.
    My favorite lines are: Water meets tea/ making bag and string rise / then / saturated sink
    Thanks for sharing. My daughter is a big tea maker. I’m going to share this with her!

  6. Your descriptions are so soft and calm and true. My favorite lines were also: Water meets tea/ making bag and string rise / then / saturated sink, but there were so many more! Your poem is like a morning meditation. Beautiful!

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