September Tea ’23


From Gerow

Drinking tea/The shifting of the season’s light/ Illumines this double autumn.

From Siddiq

Approaching the gate / What can I look forward to? /  Never mind those thoughts!


From Deborah

Summer to Autumn in 24 hours here; joining friends for tea;  such joy, peace and calmness!  More focus on making tea; different library this month.  Thanks so much!


From Susan 

Listening to water – the moon on the water forms a path  I bow.
A coco palm bows in the last of the sun.


From Lesley

i am falling into spring…shedding winter’s bitter leaves…sap rises, but sluggishly…waiting for cherry blossoms


From Gerow

As autumn shuffles in/ Nudging us to shed our leaves/ We sigh—aggrieved/ Yet also relieved


From Jean

Sharp morning light, cold air sloshing through an open window above my pillow, Autumn is sweeping away the fog of summer heat and announcing itself, the season of clarity.


From Karen

it’s not a haiku but…Tea and life, life and tea-entwined we enter-this double season of autumn


From Kathy

by Bashô “The harvest moon!  Around the pond I wandered all night long.”


From John

A season of transition…a new beginning and promise of more tea with friends…how that warms my heart


From Kay

Waiting, anticipating/Winter’s bowl, Spring’s blossom/Summer’s cool sounds of water/Content for now holding Autumn’s harvest/Now you: Sit, whisk, give thanks, drink.


From Siddiq

What have I to fear / behind the unknown gateway? / Welcome the Unknown!


From Anne

Full brilliant moon/the horizon is overwhelmed/we are astonished

August Tea ’23

  From Deborah MN First time at the library. Quite noisy and distracting. Fun though to join you even late.   From Karima Thank you soooo much for this beautiful tea time together! Must go.   From Kate I begin in uncertainty, slowly, my hands remember   From Jean...

REMEMBERING – The Old Lama Kitchen

Lama children on the steps of the Old Kitchen (1981).  Arielle, Asha (Bernard) and Jamil inside the kitchen (1981). Photos offered by Asha and Uwais Old Lama Kitchen - A few memories By Irit Umani, June 2023 When I think of Lama’s Old Kitchen, my mind almost...

June Tea ’23

  From Chad Being in NO tea/my body needing to rest/I become a guest. ( thank you) From Jean the glob, it sinks, it floats, it pulls us in, but like healing everywhere, just add a bit of hotwater, whisk and drink, and all of your cares will be gone. From Lesley...

May Tea ’23

From Gerow Purification... Meeting life as it is.... Acceptance orrecognition of the present moment... Respect.... Sense of freedom from "shoulds"   From Karen (who remembered this from another Lama Tea poet) Rains arrived... fire turns tosteam... renewal   From Deb...

April Tea ’23

    From Kathy While turning the compost pile at the retreat yesterday, I remembered this poemBy Sasaki Sanmi “Taking a break, resting my chin on the hoe, I sense the hoe’s strongattachment to this field” From Sakina holding each other gently / we share the...

March Tea ’23

From Ravi Austin through the universeeach space, each planet, each timeMatcha & me From Siddiq Hans von Briesen WE are found objectsWashed ashore in the sea of lifeGrateful to be alive. From Deborah MN Awe, the change of seasons, tea, remarkable and humbling32...

February Tea ’23

What courage, each year, has the treeto once again birth her leaves,her pink cherry blossoms or delicate dogwood petals,knowing in days, weeks or months,they will wither and fall to the ground.So, too, the crocus or tulip,who struggles through the frozen...


Poems written by participants of Lama Tea, June 2, 2022 Prepare to face the moment, just how it happens. — Karen Higgins our attentive preparations join hands with the ringing clash of the unexpected past meets future two hands blessed and blessing — Lesley Maclean...

September Tea

Hopping bunny stops To sniff a morning glory Vining through lettuce — Tracy Cates Return to tea, Return to friends. Love and blessings everyone! — Kate Shane glowing jars of autumn bounty bunny madonnas crickets at my window it's autumn! — Kathy Lyons Hippity HOPPING,...


Lama Tea, July 7, 2022 When we look up at the stars, what do we feel? Do we feel the awesome vastness of space? Do we stop breathing or thinking? Do we feel ever so teeny? Do we feel an inexplicable connection? Is there fear? joy? quiet? heart thumping brain...