April is National Poetry Month. I love poetry! I'm regularly moved deeply when reading or writing poems. I think truth is often best known through a poem, and it takes a brave person to write the truth. And so, I will strive to sprinkle poems liberally throughout my postings this month. Also, plan now for National Poem in Your Pocket Day, April 30th! It's a fun day that I get giddy about each year.
This spring finds me busy with work, home and tea life and in addition, planning for a service trip to Rwanda. I look for frequent ways to bring calm into my life. Tea is always a remedy, as this poem explains:
"Though I cannot flee
From the world of corruption,
I can prepare tea
With water from a mountain stream
And put my heart to rest."
~Ueda Akinari, 1734 - 1809, Japanese author and waka poet
I recently had a few hours on a sunny afternoon to drink Winter 2014 ShanLiinXi tea from Floating Leaves. It's a tea that's very balanced and I appreciate the fruity aftertaste.
I had the good fortune to drink this tea with Shiuwen Tai (of Floating Leaves), and she is helping our tea group appreciate the nuances of teas like this. In addition to the aroma and taste, we spent time paying attention to the tea broth and how it feels in the mouth. This tea was described as "creamy" for the way one experiences the feeling of the tea (not the flavor).
The next time you're drinking an oolong tea, spend some time with the mouth feel. Is it thick or thin? Does it coat your mouth? Does it leave your mouth feeling dry? Try not to judge, but rather experience and notice.
This burlap fabric, above, is from my China-adventures roomie. I LOVE it!
This cute little guy was my tea companion.
OK, your turn! Share with me your thoughts on poetry or this poem, on how to appreciate tea, on mouth feel, or on whatever you feel moved to share.