Sunday, March 22, 2015

Teas

"Here are my teas," you said,
fingers light on the smooth white 
inside of the cupboard door.

Tucking red hair behind your ear,
you recited them:
"Darjeeling," (drawing out the "ing")
"Mood Mender," (stressing the "M"s)
and "China Black...?"

You carefully fold back the little flaps
of one lucky box.
"Mmmm, smell that," you almost whisper.

Then, the kettle whistling,
the pretty, empty teacups on the table,
and you, with a cat's cool,
serving tease.
_______

Exactly 75 words for Margaret Bednar's "Play It Again, Toads #15. The photograph at top is hers.  I selected Mama Zen's Words Count from last December 10th, asking for the use of homophones. (Are they some kind of specialty cell phone? I've got to get my hands on one!)

 

19 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

loved it. :)

Björn Rudberg said...

I can really see of the tea becomes a tease.. I loved that statue too... Wonderful inspiration.

blogoratti said...

Great read, nice!

Susan said...

Excellent choice of homophone--the cabinet, the boxes, the teas(s)--so many openings!

Mama Zen said...

This is so playfully sexy; I love it!

Weekend-Windup said...

Loved reading your words!

Kerry O'Connor said...

I love that darling is in darjeeling... seems to fit your theme.

hedgewitch said...

Complete picture of a moment, Shay-- and a character drawn to a t(ease.) This has a real immediacy to it that makes the reader feel as if it is all personal--and indeed, it is, because we've all been served that beverage that pretends to soothe and does the opposite instead.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

You took me right there and it was delightful.

Sioux said...

"...with a cat's cool, serving tease" is gorgeous.

(And that special cell phone is what you'd like to get your hands on? ;)

Outlawyer said...

So charming. K.

Lolamouse said...

No one teases like you, Shay!

R.K. Garon said...

Haha You are such a wonderful character!That was well done!!!
ZQ

Sumana Roy said...

ha..i live not very far away from Darjeeling...love the delightful words in playful mood...

Cloudia said...

I love when those pretty fingers open the little flaps!





ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

Marian said...

Nice moment, or maybe not so nice. I will try some tease with my tea this afternoon. :)

georgeplaceblog said...

I love the play on teas and tease.

my heart's love songs said...

i don't know whether to giggle or groan over your pun! too cute!

C.C. said...

"serving tease"--brilliant word play and you've set the scene so well that it's easy to 'see' it and the reader can feel a part of it.