Though I cannot flee
From the world of corruption,
I can prepare tea
With water from a mountain stream
And put my heart to rest.
Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world.
A place to escape to when one cannot ease one's
cares in the mountains.
The hut beneath the pine within the city.
~Toyohara Sumiaki, quoted by Murai Yasuhiko
This picture was taken in January as I sat outside in Portland, Oregon,
sharing tea with friends. I couldn't even sit out there today
with the wet and the cold. It was one of those rare days of winter.
A true gift and time "to forget the din of the world."