10 reasons for tea



it is a warm summer’s day


or a bitter winter’s eve


a visitor – the new friend

the old friend with darned holes

in your friendship


to accompany a bar of chocolate


or the tears you’ve spent


to puncture an awkward silence

and fill it with whistling steam

and ‘do you take sugar in your tea?’


more heartache

because sometimes one cup

is not enough to quell the storm

rising and twisting in your chest

cracking ribs and ripping your heart

from its foundations to whisk

it away from home

we’re not in Kansas any more, Dot


it is polite, etiquette

at the Mad Hatter’s tea party


it’s late

and you should eat

but the night has crawled in fast

vast around the lintels

and beckons you to bed



In response to August 5th: 10 reasons, #rainasmprompts

Photograph & poem: © Kristiana Reed 2019

Between the Trees UK

Between the Trees US

Available internationally

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