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  • Writer's pictureDeborah L Brewer

Tea

We spill our tales of woe to friends and find comfort in a cup.

What would life be without tea?
















Teacup DLB 2023


Tea

by Deborah L. Brewer


The tea is bitter,

bracing;

it cuts the sticky,

wistful sweetness

of a store-bought maple

scone.


A tender scone,

like a rueful friend,

mixed and kneaded,

long past blending,

‘till her butter ran hot

and her resilience

drained away.


Baked soft and mealy,

the crumbs

cling to my teeth

like shame.


I can accept or judge,

affirm or chide,

grieve, or merely

endure.


My tongue

advances warily;

tannins stain

as well as clean.


“More tea?”

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