10 reasons for tea

heartache

 

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

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