Winter Tea Ceremony

For my next novel in verse I am writing about a winter Japanese Tea Ceremony – the lanterns in the garden, the waiting place, and a place to wash your hands. Inside find a scroll for the winter season and a vase of plum blossom branches.


Right after researching the tea house, I jumped at the opportunity to visit the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena, CA. This garden was conceived in the 1930’s as a private garden including a tea house, which is now open to the public on Thursdays and the last Sundays. It is like a secret treasure hidden in the city.


I come to write poetry with a group lead by Kathabela Wilson. Her husband, Rick, plays various flutes in the background as we write and share poems. I love the time spent exploring the garden and writing. I find a bench behind a Buddha statue and under a maple tree as the sun shines through.


burnished orange dragonfly / kissed yellow water plant / many voices

pine cones reached / three directions / branches curl / vein the sky / unseen lizard scampered to hide

above a rug of pads / purple lily strained to sun / bronze crane squawked



~ by fiberverse on September 17, 2016.

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