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Cup of Tea By Cilla McQueen

My mother’s sugar bowl

is tinged with sadness
And cannot be put

together again.
Tea of tar and smoke. Tea of green.
A china bell, a silver spoon,

whirl a pool, lip a fine warm rim.
Smile over it.
A place to rest,

a small vessel decorated with roses.


Where she lives:
Cilla McQueen lives in Bluff, on the southern coast of the South Island.

-Michaela