Friday, January 15, 2010

The Soul Serene in a Cup of Tea

A Tibetan teabowl.

The sun, Lord of the East, grinds the fragrant
dust of tea.
Bejeweled nectar on the teeth, revives me.
A pure wind envelopes my body.
The whole world seen in a single cup.

~Koban, translated by V. Dixon Morris

Tea does our fancy aid,
Repress those vapors which the head invade
And keeps that palace of the soul serene.

~Edmund Waller

The words "bejeweled" and "palace" make
me feel very regal with my cup of tea this morning.
Yet the teabowl is too "beautiful" for me to use.
I will go find a simple, English teacup, then
sip my tea in regal delight.
My soul will be serene.


Jeanne said...

Your postings are beautiful and so are you.
Love Jeanne

Steph said...

That is exquisite!!!!! And thank you for sharing the poetry.

Mark said...

I love that teabowl. Where did you get that? Just beautiful.

Se'Lah said...

i love anything TIBET. I am happy to be celebrating the Tibetan new year on February 14, 2010. Raise a cup of tea perhaps.


La Tea Dah said...

Beautiful post --- beautiful cup --- serenity!

Lisa Leggett said...

What a beautiful cup, thank you for sharing!

Good luck on your taxes! I would have done my own this year but what with my tea business starting and sadly ending all in one fiscal year, I'm not sure I would even know where to begin... Back to the tax lady I go!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I hope your teatime was peaceful!
Thanks for your kind note. I'm so glad you're enjoying my book!

Hugs to you. (And to Joey, too! What a cutie!)

Lois said...

Hey Marilyn,
The teabowl is just beautiful!
I drink my tea in a mug as that is how my grams taught me to drink it.
There is nothing more soothing than a hot cup of tea.
Enjoy yours and have a great week.

parTea lady said...

That is a lovely ornate Tibetan tea bowl. I enjoyed the poems too.

Angela McRae said...

I don't think I've ever seen such a thing before, so thank you for expanding my teaware horizons! (But I'd *have* to drink out of it at least once!)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a beautiful tea bowl! I would be afraid to use it as well!

I would like to hear about your two weddings/anniversaries too!