Sunday, June 23, 2013

Naomi Shihab Nye: "The Tray"


Even on a sorrowing day
the little white cups without handles
would appear
filled with steaming hot tea
in a circle on the tray,
and whatever we were able
to say or not say,
the tray would be passed,
we would sip
in silence,
it was another way
lips could be speaking together,
opening on the hot rim,
swallowing in unison.



"The Tray" by Naomi Shihab Nye, from 19 Varieties of Gazelle. © Greenwillow Books, 2002.

Photography credit: "Little white cups, a tray, and a textured porcelain pitcher," by Laurie Goldstein (originally color).



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