Would you care for tea? (for Elaine)

‘Would you care for tea?’

‘Yes, please.’

‘What kind of tea do you like?’

- and the cupboard swung open …..

shelves of orderly boxes and cans

a canvas of  colour and lyrical scents -

‘Black tea, red tea

green tea, white tea?

Citrus tea, berry tea,

apple, mango, peach?

Petals or herbs exotic or common?

Sparkled with spices or flower infused?

Tea from China, Sri Lanka, India, Africa,

Japan,  Carolina, ‘Yorkshire’ perhaps?

(a twist of smile)

Flavoured with bergamot or smokey blue ashes?

Perk  you up? Calm you down?

Settle your tummy?’


It’s a little bit late, so no caffeine, please.

Green tea would be lovely with a half spoon of sugar.’

- so the kettle drummed gluggily while the pretty cups clinked

and talking abated in respect for TEA -

‘This is delicious.

No, I don’t mind the mint, it’s just a hint,

and very well complements rich chocolate tart.

What a fine end to a wonderful visit.

Good-night, good-night, new friends.

Evenings like this are the stuff of living!'


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Joshua Van-Cook

Tue 11th Jan 2011 16:01

A really enjoyable piece Cynthia. I particularly liked "The kettle drummed gluggily". It has an almost onomatopoeic feel which really appeals to me.

- Josh

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winston plowes

Sun 2nd Jan 2011 09:26

no tea for me Cynthia, In fact I had the first cup of tea in my entire life last week (Lemon and ginger if that IS tea at all) created a well rounded picture this one. liked the drumming kettle and pretty chinking which provided the perfect accompanyment, win x

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Sun 2nd Jan 2011 08:56

Ooooo - can I join you? What a lovely description Cynthia - I can imagine you opening that cupboard and all those lovely smells wafting out. For some reason this brought to mind Bilbo Baggins and his little hobbit hole - cosy and orderly and just how life should be but isn't.
Most of your cupboard would be wasted on me mind - none of your fancy earl grey for me - PG Tips or Cafe Noir and some warm buttered toast please. x

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Elaine Booth

Sat 1st Jan 2011 23:03

Loved this - of course!! So pleased you were thus inspired! It was a wonderful evening indeed! X

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Sat 1st Jan 2011 18:42

I really enjoyed this and was pleased to see you got the rooibos in - well red tea anyway - and what I especially liked about it most is you tell it just as your experience unfolds

Janet Ramsden

Sat 1st Jan 2011 12:04

I like it Cynthia. Love the down to earth 'rich chocolate tart' which kind of goes against the general idea of tea that is supposed to be good for you ha ha

Happy new year ;-)

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 1st Jan 2011 11:47

A bit of fun, pretty much off-the-cuff, but enjoyable to write. It's probably a performance piece, leaning on clippity-clop rhythm.

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