Sunday, July 25, 2010

Steep for five minutes

steam rises in a flurry as I drench the loose tea
the leaves dance and I realize the bygone civility
across the table she sits, patient and reserved
two people and a teapot, so very alike
heat making the tea surrender its flavor
its essence, delicate as a conversation
with a little warmth she opens up
unfurling like tea leaves, suddenly vast
and deep as Earl Grey on my tongue