New Hampshire Poem: Evening Tea

Dedicated to Linda Boyd

It is time to be seated for evening tea,

Tea service at Winterthur. Photograph copyright Janice W. Brown at Cow Hampshire Blog.

The silver’s well-polished and so are we.
With place cards discovered, genteelly we pose,
To chat with our neighbor–anticipation grows.

Devonshire cream and lemon curd readied,
Scones browned in the oven, aromas waft in.
Delight laden trays and dishes steadied,
Signs that our repast soon will begin.

Admiring the silver tea service resplendent,
On table of linen, lace, flora festooned.
Disposition of peace transcendent,
To warmth and reception of hostess attuned.

Soft clinks of teacups on delicate plates,
Murmurs of pleasure with each dainty bite.
Shared tea and discussion satisfies pates,
Blessed with both fare and friendship this night.

Copyright ©2003-2019
Janice Webster Brown
[this poem is copyrighted and published, do not use without my express written permission]

My son and his wife recently attended an evening tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, in Victoria, BC, Canada.  Our conversation about that event reminded me of many evening teas presented by a friend, Linda Boyd, for whom I wrote this poem.

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