Thanks to Julian, who sent these poems commemorating the New Years Tea Gathering during the January Intensive at Green Gulch 2012.
Green dragon kettle rests in the sunken hearth
gently steaming dominating the spare, elegant room
of tatami, plaster, cedar, and bamboo
the alcove with its scroll, flowers, and incense box
And so we take tea slowly,
carefully paying attention to motion, artifact, and flavor
Thinking carefully before we speak
The dragon's presence requires ours.
~~~~~~~~~~ Yu Jo (Friendship) ~~~~~~~~
Bamboo tea scoop
The shape just so
So precisely curved
so thin so light so elegant
almost not there at all