The Tea Trade

The Tea Trade

I keep this cup for you, it’s full of tea
you like. It could be chai, or it could be
that Bengal Spice you introduced me to
when we were strangers. I couldn’t know you

were a cup yourself, and filled for me
with liquor steeped of everything that you
have seen and felt and love and loathe and do.
I bring my lips to you and learn those seas

you’ve sailed so far. And when my cup meets yours,
you sail, and reach my undiscovered shores.

for Steph

7 comments

  1. Mark,

    So very good to have you home again. “The Tea Trade” has all the elements
    that welcome a reader into a poem. It is a paean in every sense and a joy to read.
    The closing lines are our latest Bon Mots addition.

    Thank you for the pleasure of this poem.

    Sarah

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  2. HI Mark

    what a wonderful poem and tribute to the power/magic of tea as well as that someone special with which the narrator shared a cup. Tea evokes intimacy and a sense of ritual, like a relationship and it forges a bonding. These lines I especially liked:

    and filled for me
    with liquor steeped of everything that you
    have seen and felt and love and loathe and do.
    I bring my lips to you and learn those seas

    you’ve sailed so far..

    There is even a Zen-like feeing to those thoughts. I believe in that philosophy, we leave a bit of our touch or soul on everything we handle or use or consume. Anyway, I really enjoyed this!

    My Best
    wendy

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  3. Mark, “I keep this cup for you” and all those moments shared. You invite your reader into every line. Congrats on the Bon Mots addition.

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