Dilantha Gunawardana


A Cup Of Tea


Beneath the rim of a cup of boiling water
Is a sachet of tea leaves cross-laced in virgin paper
A mural sculpted in the softest of tones ebony
With hybrid traces of an ornate mahogany

A classical archetype of the colonial footprint
As on the hills of a nation was laid her perpetual imprint
As leaves monopolized the taste buds of Serendib
Her story was narrated by the relentless nib

Her mythical aroma dilates the nostril caves
Her mystical vapor scatters in sumptuous waves
As mats of receptors titillate to her tempestuous haze
The taste buds yearn for her empress to grace

Her virgin taste galvanizes the tip of your tongue
As sentience lingers on under the morning sun
Softly melting are the buds merging with her inimitable taste
As colonized is your tongue to a body undefiled and chaste

She will linger on in her own unique bittersweet concoction
As the spice of ginger evokes spurts of muscular contraction
As caffeine springs to rock the heart’s dance floor
Anecdotes are resurrected for seeds of nostalgia to sow

Tea, a cupper, the genesis of a mellow miraculous mirth
Tea, an elixir, the nemesis of pain’s lingering worth
Tea, a fusion, of a hypnotic aroma and an enslaving taste
As lingers on, the common man’s thirst and his time-tested faith

Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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A poem on a cup of tea

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  • Cleveland Gibson (1/21/2014 1:09:00 AM)

    An interesting poem on the old cup of tea. There is so much to cover
    but what you've written about is wonderful.
    I suspect tea inspired you to write. Well done. I drink mine with milk but no sugar. (Report) Reply

  • Dilantha Gunawardana (1/21/2014 12:59:00 AM)

    Thank you so much............it means a lot to me that you appreciated the poem. I too enjoy a cup of tea especially when I am down with the flu! (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (1/21/2014 12:41:00 AM)

    Super! As a lover of tea have written for cup of tea and read many. But never of such depth. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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