"Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world” - Tien Yiheng
For many people coffee is the first drink of the day - a morning ritual before the day can really start. Whether they use a coffee press, a Nespresso machine or a coffee pot with filters, this is one of the things they would never forego before leaving home.
“The morning coffee. I'm not sure why I drink it. Maybe it's the ritual
of the cup, the spoon, the hot water, the milk, and the little heap of
brown grit, the way they come together to form a nail I can hang the
day on. It's something to do between being asleep and being awake”. - Ron Padgett
For a friend of mine, tea is the only acceptable morning drink is tea. Similarly millions of people pour steaming water over tea bags or loose leaf tea, wait for their favorite blend to brew before they slowly sip their nectar.
I like pouring your tea, lifting
the heavy pot, and tipping it up,
so the fragrant liquid streams in your china cup.
Or when you’re away, or at work,
I like to think of your cupped hands as you sip,
as you sip, of the faint half-smile of your lips.
I like the questions – sugar? – milk? –
and the answers I don’t know by heart, yet,
for I see your soul in your eyes, and I forget.
Jasmine, Gunpowder, Assam, Earl Grey, Ceylon,
I love tea’s names. Which tea would you like? I say
but it’s any tea for you, please, any time of day,
as the women harvest the slopes
for the sweetest leaves, on Mount Wu-Yi,
and I am your lover, smitten, straining your tea.” - Carol Ann Duffy
Today, I’d like you to write about coffee or tea. Are a tea or a coffee person? Do you have favorite blends or brands? Who makes coffee in your household? Is it part of your morning ritual?
Write about your first cup in the morning, or a special event that happened when you were drinking either at home or in a café. Share your fist cup of the day with us.
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