The Way of Tea

The Tea Ceremony
The art of its performance…

I’m currently removing dairy from my diet for a time, so my cups of tea have been limited and after a morning of loads of house cleaning, followed by a quickie shower, I decided that a cup of tea would be a wondrous reward for all that good effort!

I press the squeezy tap on the spring water carton and water runs quickly out, just falling short of the mouth of the kettle. It hits the side of the kettle and pours downward, splashing the cupboard doors and then spatters all over the chunky foam dog bed beneath.

So I pull the 10 litre carton out further from the bench top in the hope the water can bullseye the kettle mouth and bring me closer to my sacred cup of tea.

Kettle filled I pick up the charcoal coloured, furry dog mat and carry it outside into the cool winter sun, to dry. The grass is damp and I’m looking for where I can lay my mat, when I notice the large log on the edge of the garden is alive and kicking. So I go a little closer to investigate and discover thousands upon thousands of black ants swarming and as my eyes follow the ebony flow down from the log, I see them trekking through the dewy grass. They must be moving digs for the winter…

And then I discover that they’ve discovered me! There’s dozens of ants already scaling the legs of my black track dacks, so I immediately start hopping up and down on the spot and swiping at them, with not much luck. So I frisbee the mat up over the clothes line and make a dash for the back door, still flicking, swiping, dusting, hopping and shaking the ants off as I go. By the time I reach the back door I’m feeling a rather vigorous bite on the inside of my right leg, so I unceremoniously drop my dacks to un-nip that nipper. Ah that’s better…

I step back inside the house and return to my turquoise blue oriental teapot. I fill it with fresh water and carry it back out to my garden, well away from the ants this time, swish the tea leaves and empty the contents into the ivy below Buddha, who is sitting under the purple wisteria canopy. I return twice, as tea leaves require persistence. In my kitchen I place 2 rounded teaspoons of black Formosan tea into the pot, fill the pot with water from the kettle, nipple lid in place and pull on the chequered woollen tea cosy that I discovered packaged new at the Salvos store.

It’s then I realize I forgot to boil the kettle…
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarg

So I have a little scream and a tanty and commence jumping up and down all over again…

Breathe in…

I refill the kettle from the squeezy tap making sure to click the kettle ON… red light…
Grab the teapot and go back to visit Buddha in his wisteria wonderland, emptying the tea leaves 2 more times as even undrunk tea leaves can be tacky…

Back inside I put 2 rounded teaspoons of black Formosan tea into my teapot, just then the kettle clicks off and as if on cue I begin a ribald sneezing fit which makes me race to the loo.

Back to the teapot but now there’s someone taking a bite of my left butt cheek so it’s a dart back to the bedroom, a drop of the knickers to retrieve the rear guard of the ant brigade, who has managed to infiltrate behind enemy lines and is biting for all he is worth.

I remove said ant and back outside I un-tweeze him at Buddha’s feet, then I’m back to fill up the ever loving teapot. This time I check the side of the kettle to make sure I really did boil it? Ouch. Fill up the teapot, check. Lid, check. Pull on the cosy, check. And I wait the full 5 minutes for the tea to brew…

Formosan tea takes time to infuse its smoky flavour into the boiled spring water and then I gleefully fill my indigo blue and white phoenix mug, with hot steaming tea…and a good slosh of milk. What the hell …Stirring 3 times to the right, one, two, three, ting, ting, ting. Rest the spoon on the bench top.

Aahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

The Way of Tea…

© wildwomenlove poetry

The Way of Tea

wildwomenlove

ADELAIDE, Australia

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A Tea Ceremony is such an intricate thing…
it requires precision, dedication and an intensity of being…

please join me in The Way of Tea…

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