Poets Walk: "yellow tatters"
Location on Poets Walk Map: 14
Invitation to Tea by Kitty Jospé
I have mopped up the rain that leaked
in to polish the stone floor—
You won’t slip.
I have wiped steam off the window.
You can see fog over the cornfield—
it hides the fried edges of summer.
And the sheen of two crows—
the raw cut of their caw
combs the mist up to my garden.
I have raked yellow tatters of grapeleaf
fallen under the sumac whose tossle of red
bustles stubborn leaf into
a splash of feather.
Have some tea. Memory steeps in the pot,
steams through mint leaves.
I see your lip polishing silence
as you sip.
Kitty Jospe, "Invitation to Tea" from Le Mot Juste (Foothills Publishing, 2008). Used by permission of the author.