April 7, 2021

Throwback Thursday: The teaman

Hills Above Kathmandu: March, 1988

The teaman appears

On any Himalaya

Mr. Chetri claps twice

and a teaman appears

In his paws a rack of glasses
(wiped not washed)

and a Chinese Thermos

green with red flowers

For a rupee he pours cha

Darjeeling steams

with crude sugar

half milk

spiced with smoke

from the mystic wood

it’s steeped over

 The test of tenure

is to scald fingers

and not

set the glass down

 You learn to honor the taste

of cremated trees

In these mountains

all wood is rare wood

From the book The Year of Purple Lawn Furniture © J. Kevin Wolfe

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