This Is Your Cup of Tea
The title has more than one meaning:
First, we're going to tell you about a cup of tea;
And then we're playing.
The cup of tea is from India, maybe,
And then it is right here.
This means it is foreign and domestic at once;
Away and immediate.
The tea flows
And there is the resisting and helping cup.
How firm the cup seems
Compared to the flexible, the liquid, the soft tea.
What could have more differing temperaments
Than a porcelain cup and flowing tea!
The cup, by itself, is down and up.
Good for the cup!
The cup, by itself, is severe,
What with its being hard.
However, it curves so gracefully.
The cup is severe and yielding.
The tea, the tea is there;
It is still.
But we know the tea is in motion,
For it flows.
Stillness and motion,
In the same two seconds, Dwight!
The color of the tea is assertive
And also reclusive.
Boldness and modesty, Alice!
The cup has a center
On which a perpendicular line
Nevertheless, the cup is wide.
Verticality and horizontality and such, Euphemia!
Your cup of tea, then,
Is an arrangement
Of opposites, contraries, oppositions, polarities,
Contrasts, warrings, jars.
The cup is a series
Of reconciled jars.
This is your cup of tea:
A study in
The everlasting opposites.
Live with it, Horatio.
It is your cup of tea.