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High Tea

Updated on May 3, 2011
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With a flourish I throw out my blue cotton tablecloth

The one that looks like Grandmother's

The mere thought of our matriarch gives me strength

But never did she have a companion such as this

The grass is squishy beneath the spread

I sink to my knees and motion for my guest to do the same


Tiny new maple leaves filter the sun

Tufts of lavender and lush oregano scent the breeze

A dozen shades of pink dot the beds

And of the hardy tall blades I wonder garlic or tulips

I didn't do the planting so its a candy box surprise, this garden

And I draw power from the gratitude I bloom here


I pour us each a cup of mint tea and between us lay

A small plate piled with latticed creme cookies

I find it difficult to look her square in the face

Instead my eyes rest upon her lap

Her skirt resembles mine as do her hands cradling her cup

And we sit drawing in deep the same warm air


It was your idea remember, you said I should not exclude

That I must embrace them all not alone the cherished ones

I obediently heed the words of the wise, be they friends or philosophers

So with your encouragement, though perhaps not as you intended

I gathered my tears into a china pot and steeped them most lovingly

Then took a full breath and with a wavering voice


Invited my fears to tea



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    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks Claudia. I have a bunch. Its my mission as of late to face and embrace them.

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      Claudia Schönfeld 

      7 years ago

      i LOVE this randy - inviting the fears to tea...i should do this as well...every second day probably...great write

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Greetings Awful Poet. Thanks for the read; I appreciate it.

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      David Walston 

      7 years ago from The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) (m-M)_0 = 18.41, or 48 kpc (~157,000

      Very strong and refreshing,

      Beautiful piece~

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thank you Jingle, I'm glad you like it.

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      Jingle 

      7 years ago

      your words breathe life, powerful imagery,

      A++

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thank you Tracie. I'm glad I didn't give it away before the end.

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      Tracie Skarbo 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful imagery all the way through... the last line, brilliant!

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Lovely to be understood Trips. Thanks for the comment. :)

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      Trips 

      7 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Beautifully lyrical and heartfelt. A depth that I fully appreciate and admired. Nicely done, R.B.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Well thank you kindly Mark.

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      MarkMAllen15 

      7 years ago

      This is wonderful hub.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Doug you give me more credit than I deserve. I do not do those things for poetry. I just do those things. I am a sensualist by design (I don't mean that in a dirty way) and as a side note, write about my experience. If it works for you I am pleased.

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      Doug Turner Jr. 

      7 years ago

      I'd pick a fight with my fears.

      Elegant wordplay here. You don't just describe the setting; you taste it, smell it, indulge it and swim in it. Then it all comes full circle and we understand the phrase that inspired the verses. Sweetness.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Hi Sally. I especially like surprises. Thanks for the comment.

      Hi Matt. I like the idea that they too are afraid of me. Hmmmm, feel a balance of power now :)

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      Matt Coughlan 

      7 years ago

      I enjoy that the speaker seems afraid to face her fears, and I wonder if her fears are afraid to face the speaker? I dig the image. Good work! :D

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Delicious senses and imagery. Thanks for reminding us that everyday is a candy box surprise. We should embrace every opportunity.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thank you Reflections. I'm glad you paid me a visit.

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      Reflections 

      7 years ago

      What a treasury of beautiful images. I could smell the scents of lavendar, fresh grasses... stunning piece.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thank you Brian. Anywhere there are poets I feel at home.

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      brian 

      7 years ago

      yeah, that was pretty frickin awesome...a candybox surprise at the end of that link...drink those tears and just smile at those fears...glad you hooked up at one shot.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Good afternoon TL. If I get to choose, which it turns out I do, I choose my garden. I don't know if I actually "faced" my fears but I indeed shared my blanket with them :)

      Nice to meet you Daydreamer Too. Funny you should mention letting go. This poem came from an exercise I was doing from The Sedona Method. The exercise was one in letting go. Cheers!

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      Daydreamer Too 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful. We can spend our whole lives existing and not living because we are too scared to face our fear, usually there is nothing for us to fear but the fear of fear itself. And, once we've faced it, we then, maybe discover another new one to be afraid of, so, we need to learn (I think) to simply, let go and let God.

      Lovely imagery this prose invoked.

      A pleasure to read over, what else but, a nice cuppa tea :)

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      Twilight Lawns 

      7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Sometimes we are forced to face our enemies; our fears; ourselves. But ion our own terms? In a gentle and old-fashioned garden, or in the darkest night when we are all alone.

      This is so lyrical, RB, so disarming... until the end.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Hi Alekhouse. Did I stop writing poetry? I suppose I stopped publishing. HP isn't to keen on my depressing stuff.

      MA the idea was not to forget them but embrace them. When I want to forget it is not tea I drink.

      Thanks Cardisa. I thought more people would mention the end.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Morning Tony. Gottcha thinking eh? Lovely.

      Greetings KBD, very nice to meet you.

      Thank you Tom :)

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      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Wow! I must say you amazed me with that piece. The mystery and the surprising end.

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      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Go Ahead Randy,Get wasted On Tea and Forget Your Fears,This One's On Me:-)))

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Love, love, love this. The images and descriptions are magical. I am so glad you're writing poetry again. I look forward to each and every one.

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      Tom rubenoff 

      7 years ago from United States

      This is absolutely beautiful.

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 

      7 years ago from Orange County, California

      Absolutely lovely! I look forward to reading more by you!

    • Tony DeLorger profile image

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Excellent poetry. It has meaning and heart, the two ingredients often missing in todays poetry. Words must grace the page and imbue thought. You have done this. Great Job RB

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