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POETRY: In Three Cups of Tea - Guest Post by Dharlene Marie Fahl

Sunday, August 28th 2016 @ 8:50 PM

Guest post: poetry by Dharlene Marie Fahl - Inspired by the book with a similar name, Three Cups of Tea, it is the middle eastern legend of the three cups of tea that intrigued me to write this poem. . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Three Cups of Tea

 

Far-away lands.

Customs that are new.

Eyes darken with caution – faith has been lost.

Be wary of the stranger.

What is it really that he wishes to do?

Hidden in the desert hills awaits the danger.

From the storms that blow and stir up the sands,

the tea will always be murky.

Let the sleeping dogs lie.

 

Offer the stranger his first cup of tea.

Time waits for no one and no one rushes time.

Sip slowly to see what's truly in his heart.

Then let things settle – the sediment allows for clarity.

Not everyone is who they appear to be.

In days to come pour him another one.

 

Offer the stranger his second cup of tea.

Laughter and gestures indicate a change.

The visitor from another land becomes an honoured guest.

Seems he's not so strange.

 

Everyone sips their tea.

Hills, rock, and sand as far as the eye can see;

there are many other places he could be.

 

Invite him now for his third cup of tea.

A soul that has found his way back.

The long-lost stranger is now part of the family.

 

All of this discovered in three cups of tea.

 

~Dharlene Marie Fahl~
A Passion for Tea

 

Inspired by the book with a similar name, Three Cups of Tea, it is the middle eastern legend of the three cups of tea that intrigued me to write this poem. It seems we are at a time, once again, when the world is afraid to trust and to open their hearts to strangers from far-away lands, and sometimes even to their next-door neighbors. I did meet Greg Mortenson, the author of this book on two occasions. At one of his events, I served tea to all his guests, but sadly, I never got to share even one cup of tea with the man, nor to have my book autographed. Nevertheless, the legend has stayed with me, along with a few other gems I learned while hearing him speak. We all have gifts to share. We all have time for tea.

~ Dharlene Marie Fahl
- http://www.dharlenemariefahl.com

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DHARLENE MARIE FAHL is a Certified Tea Specialist, World Tea Traveler, Author, Poetess, Tea Goddess, Blogger, Mother of Two College Kids, and Lover of Life. Dharlene says, “Tea brings me great joy and I share that joy with as many people as I possibly can. I see tea as the bridge to other countries and cultures. While people are sipping the tea I make them -- I take them across that bridge.” - Learn more about Dharlene’s work at http://www.dharlenemariefahl.com

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