Annals of Love 14: Two for Tea, Tea for Two……..You for Me and I for You

 

A Moment’s Devotion 

Carol Ann Duffy, British born 1955,

British Poet Laureate, 2009-2019

TEA

 

I like pouring your tea, lifting
the heavy pot, and tipping it up,
so the fragrant liquid streams in your china cup.

 

 

 

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Breakfast at Malibu, Sunday, 1989, oil on canvas, and detail.  David Hockney, British born 1937.

Private collection on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2017/18

A view from a house on the Malibu beach which the artist bought in the late 1980s

 

 

Or when you’re away, or at work,
I like to think of your cupped hands as you sip,
as you sip, of the faint half-smile of your lips.

 

 

 

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Tea Time (Woman with a Teaspoon), 1911, oil on cardboard.  Jean Metzinger, 1883-1956, French.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

I like the questions – sugar? – milk? –

 

 

 

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Cream pitcher of press glass made between 1883/84 – 1900 by Challinor Taylor and Company, 1886-1900; Tarentum, Pennsylvania.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

 

and the answers I don’t know by heart, yet,
for I see your soul in your eyes, and I forget.

 

 

 

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Jasmine, Gunpowder, Assam, Earl Grey, Ceylon,
I love tea’s names. Which tea would you like? I say
but it’s any tea for you, please, any time of day

 

 

 

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House of Tea, S. 4th Street, Philadelphia.  It has been more than 25 years of delicious teas.

 

 

as the women harvest the slopes

for sweetest leaves on Mount Wu-Yi and I am your lover, smitten, straining your tea. 

 

 

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Still Life, Inauguration Day, 2017, oil on wood. 

Tilda Mann, American born 1957.  Exhibited in 2017 at the Woodmere Museum of Art, Philadelphia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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