Poetry Tuesday – Camomile Tea

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“Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all”

– Lord Tennyson

I read today’s poem from a collection of poems edited by Jessica Strand and Leslie Jonath titled “Love Found – 50 Classic Poems of Desire, Longing, and Devotion”. The book is divided into three sections and this poem was from the section “Passion & Partnership”. From this poem, I appreciate the beauty and joy found in the most mundane of daily life when spent with a passionate partner.

Camomile Tea
by Katherine Mansfield

Outside the sky is light with stars;

There’s a hollow roaring from the sea.

And, alas! for the little almond flowers,

The wind is shaking the almond tree.

How little I thought, a year ago,

In the horrible cottage upon the Lee

That he and I should be sitting so

And sipping a cup of camomile tea.

Light as feathers the witches fly,

The horn of the moon is plain to see;

By a firefly under a jonquil flower

A goblin toasts a bumble-bee.

We might be fifty, we might be five,

So snug, so compact, so wise are we!

Under the kitchen-table leg

My knee is pressing against his knee.

Our shutters are shut, the fire is low,

The tap is dripping peacefully;

The saucepan shadows on the wall

Are black and round and plain to see.
Here’s to mundane love. Happy Tuesday all!

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