10 Virtues of Tea by Rikyu: Blessed by gods / shakes off sleepiness / discharges filial duties / wards off disease
/ makes one love and respect people / frees one from earthly desires / keeps one healthy / has contact with
nobility / prolongs life / expels darkness
I like the idea of a flock of fukusas. This talk of nature reminds me of 花鳥風月, kachou fuugetsu which
literally means Flower Bird Wind Moon but commonly translates to “experience the beauty of nature, learn
From Karima Terry Forman:
Thank you for this beautiful tea. Love to all, Karima
Bounties of nature/provide the materials for our study/mirroring the perfectness of the imperfect.
Asking so little/Giving so generously/God’s hand whisking hope
a flock of fukasas/ a pinecone whisk, / and a heart still beating for the one I love. / Blessed by gods.
From Gracy and Richard:
pine cone twirling in the green tea longing for the lost bark of the covenant remembers the needles of its
tea with friends/ expels the darkness.
Three birds in the sunflower stocks, withered leaves, faded petals and pale feathers joined in an October
From Deboah MN:
so grateful for this time together thank you
We sit together in our fukusa flock/
with dreams of sky and shore;/
Nature provides wherever we seek.
my fukusa is a gift/ from silkworms/who ate mulberry leaves/ If I’m quiet enough/ can I hear them/
thank god for nature’s tea. every moment holding, purifying, scooping, whisking, slurping, rinsing,
Nature inspires to take a deeper look and see with new eyes
The craftsman’s gift / is met by nature’s bounty / and wed in beauty.
Nature and Tea intertwine and gives our creative side endless possibilities – How amazing is that!