Over in the garden, Kerry asked us to write a poem as a love letter between two in-animated objects. I did mine more as a conversation. This is in the style of poet Sarah Kay.
I chose my Geisha Ghost tea cup and a tea bag blend called Zen, to have a this convo. For some reason, I can't watch the video of Sarah. I will try again. I hope I make you crave tenderness, a kiss, tea, or all three.
"Soul meets soul on lovers' lips."
-Percy Bysshe Shelley
"Thank you for your warmth,
I have been lonely
packed away, forgotten
tucked between faded ink and dust
I lingered for light
for just one tender kiss."
"Your beauty reflects in my soul
your skin so porcelain and white
I admire your patience
I do hope you feel the warmth of my embrace
as I encompass your face."
"Tears sting my eyes I have waited so long
to feel tenderness
You are kind.
"I am Zen-new age
I am sure you crave
your wonderful notes of Jasmine-
so soothing but, I have a gardener's charm
I am green with Lemon Verbena leaves,
swirls of spearmint and a kiss of
Lemongrass...do you like my scent?"
" I love green, you are so young, so decadent
You refresh me like a spring roll
Your notes are blended well
...all our lives we have touched others
and they touched us
Let's be gentle with each other
I have been through wars snuck out of my grandmother's closet
sold and traveled in rough seas"
"I have been trampled, pinched and minced to be here with you
Tossed about like mowed grass
I bruise easily
I desire kind hands to meld my notes
sometimes I am too young and
have to be put back to age-to wait
I'm cousin to the famous Longjing-
a deep green infusion aka Dragon Well
What about you?"
"Originated in China so the story goes,
I am from 1930 Japan
a gray scale of translucency passes through me like wax
Tea bags like you Zen
were made in 1930s
We must be the same age"
"What shall I call you? You are so delicate and beautiful-like
"I wish I could blush.
I would love it- if you called me Lilo?"
"May I kiss you Lilo?"
"Oh, yes please
I smell you tender green hope
reminds me of home
the gesture of Ocha
You melt my heart"
"Lilo you hold mine
like "chisen sogoshiki teien"
(a garden with a pond at its center)"
© Ellen Wilson