good tea

is like
a cabin in the woods,
like snow,
like fireplaces and slippers,
like sleep,
like peppermint-sweet-milk-warm.


Add an R to your tea to make it salty.

Drink some tea for your tears.
Drink some tears for your sorrow.

Wipe your eyes on your tea-shirt.
Tears don’t leave stains – only grains.

Of salt. For your wounds.

R stands for rainbows, rain boots, and rain drops.

U sits for ugly ducklings, umbrellas, and u-boats.

Eat a gum drop. Drink a tea drop. Find a bus stop.

Mop your way back home.

Phone a friend. Find a phone book.

It’s by the salt shaker. Underneath the Quaker.