Saturday, 25 May 2013

Coal Harbour Rosy

It was a beautiful place
to begin with
and, if anyone there was working,
they were enjoying doing so,

for the Pacific air that evening
smelled of ocean . . .
and jasmine tea.

Fragrant and exotic –
it floated on just-right
slightly chilly breezes

that tumbled,
in tiny welcoming gusts,
mingling, over us, in baby breaths,

so that we all exhaled together
and let go and opened up

in a buoyant swirl and flow
that seemed, at the time,


and cast 
faint rosy glow . . .

that lingered. 

note:  Jasmine flowers are picked in the late afternoon when the small petals are tightly closed. The flowers are kept cool until nightfall. In the early evening, the flowers begin to open up and during the night they bloom and release their fragrance into the tea they are blended with.  In northern China it is customary to serve Jasmine tea as a welcoming gesture to guests.

photo:  Coal Harbour Rosy - W Bourke

© 2012 Wendy Bourke

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