Gather memories of you
Grandma’s kept secrets
© Christine McNeill- Matteson
Brown aroma filters through
the porcelain pot wrapped in
a holiday Christmas print
Tied at the top with a green ribbon.
Pouring into the cup the sound
of generations past of many pourings,
expressed within generations,
a knowing of shared time.
The warmth of the spiced tea
brought smiles caused by conversations,
of simpler relationships in an eloquent
fluent exchange of Christmas gentility.
Christmas 2013 copyrighted: CMM
An ole’ tree, yawning in the ground,
grown deep in the slow south.
Children back then knew it to be
sweet in taste and sugary in tea.
While old black pots were stirred all day,
seasoned with grounded leaves of sine quo non.
to make that jambalaya to steam away
the colorful savor is still not gone.
Copyrighted: CMM 2004