Ode to Tea


A cup of delicate chamomile!

How do you beguile

Me when I want to rest –

Transporting me to a fuzzy nest.

A mug of exotic sweet peach!

How like a queen you are rich –

Smelling of orchards bright,

And making Life seem just right.

A pot of jasmine makes me cool –

With peace is thus my heart full.

A glass of Turkish green apple hot

Is like the flower forget-me-not.

Packets of Darjeeling, Assam, and Earl Grey fine –

I hold dearer than French wine.


There’s a part of me that believes

That the future lies in fragrant tea leaves.

And if in Heaven I ever chance to be –

All I'll ask for is a jar of tea!


© Jagari Mukherjee


Bio:  Jagari Mukherjee is a bilingual poet from Kolkata, India. She is a gold medalist in English Literature from the University of Pune. Her writings have appeared in several newspapers, magazines, anthologies and blogs. Her first book, a collection of poems entitled Blue Rose, was published in May 2017 by Bhashalipi.