A Poem about Tea


In my last post, I wrote about tea and how much I enjoy a cup each morning.  Here is a poem called “Tea” by Amy Uyematsu.  This poem was written for Zen Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh.  This poem can be found at: http://www.gratefulness.org/poetry/tea_uyematsu.htm


for Thich Nhat Hanh

How many years of suffering

revealed in hands like his

small and deliberate as a child’s

The way he raises them

from his lap, grasps the teacup

with sure, unhurried ease

Yet full of anticipation

for what he will taste in each sip

he drinks as if it’s his first time

Lifts the cup to his mouth,

a man who’s been practicing all his life,

each time tasting something new.

Amy Uyematsu

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