Tea in a Time of Plague


The elusive illusion of stability

in the regular routine

Of my personal pilgrimage through life

Manifests itself in the single solitary chalice

Of steaming sweet cinnamon tea that I drink

Each morning before the day begins.

The enticingly exquisite aroma

Of this distinctive, delectable beverage

Evokes subtly sensuous memories

Of sumptuous, succulent cinnamon buns

Whose saccharine sweetness slides down the throat,

Coupled with the compact kick of caffeine

That I need to initiate intellectual inquiry

And commence cognitive function each morning.


As I sit silently in my living room this morning,

Slowly savoring each delicious drop from my mammoth mug

And treasuring each solitary second before the morning madness

Of electronic communication commences,

I wonder how much longer I will be able to enjoy

This brief, blissful interlude –

This escape from the reality of scarcity and want –

That I know will end –

Unmarked by anyone but me –

Sometime in the days and weeks that stretch before me.

For, you see, I import my precious tea

And the creamy sweetener that completes its delightful deliciousness,

And the plague is closing the borders of neighboring nations

 And making the procurement of either tea or sweetener

Much more tenuous and problematic than previously.

“The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.

Blessed be the name of the Lord.”


As I watch the diminishing supply of deep dark tea bags dwindle,

And cans of sweetener vanish without a trace,

I wonder how long the Lord will provide

And when this luscious libation –

And my ability to cope with daily life –

will disappear,

as ephemeral and evanescent as the emotion it elicits,

And I will be tempted to bless the name of the Lord

as the prophets of old did in times of deprivation and despair.


© Sharon L Bryant  2020

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