Tuesday poem: 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.

From The Radio Room (page 21) by Cilla McQueen
Published by Otago University Press
Used with the permission of Otago University Press

The Radio Room by Cilla McQueen is a finalist in this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Te Papa on Wednesday, 27 July 2011.

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