Forget complicated instructions.

Ignore those who say you must try this you

must do that.

Buy tea that sounds yummy. Brew it.

If you like it sweet, add sweet. If you don’t,

don’t. You are not under surveillance by the tea police

as you top your fine English breakfast with Redi Whip.

sip

people across this blue-green world drink with you.

breathe

Today, I drink Joy

read a poem or two

in a few minutes, the leaves unfurl

and so do I. The laptop anticipates my next move.

Most days the tea runs out before the words.