Sunday, April 25, 2010

PAD #18


To honor Earl Grey,
go slowly.
Set the water to boil,
and sit down.
The kettle's whistle will hail you.
Watch the steam rise.
The water must lose its angry edge.
Lift the teabag to your nose.
Inhale and say the word bergamot.
Blend the luxury of scent and sound.
Watch the color bloom
when you immerse the tea.
Smile at the tag lolling
on the cup's rim.
Now you wait.
Impatience means blandness;
indolence, bitterness.
Enjoy the sparkle
of sugar before it dissolves,
and the swirl of milk.
Stir gently.
Sit down again.
Go slowly.
Quietly rejoice.

The prompt for day 18 was "to ______."



Blogger marigolds2 said...

Although I am an English/or Irish/ Breakfast gal myself, not an Earl Grey fan - I love this poem. the line "Inhale and say the word bergamot" is my favorite. I've actually always wished I DID like Earl Grey better, mostly because of the word "bergamot."

April 25, 2010 10:11 AM  
Blogger redsneakz said...

I liked Earl Grey tea until I read the story of Richard III, and then gave up drinking it for a while. Seriously. I'm weird that way. (He betrayed Richard III and sided with the Tudors.)

April 27, 2010 10:04 AM  

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