Routine (James Lindley)

once I watched a tea ceremony

the careful arrangements

the long-handled cup

the glazed porcelain

and bright cloth

and I think about my own ritual

every morning

the stagger from my bedroom

the scrubbing of the pour over

still dirty from yesterday’s coffee

with the old sponge by the sink

that I should just throw away

the wait for the water to boil

as I rub at my eyes and swear

and the moment I add the cream

and walk the too-full cup of coffee

back to my desk and almost never

spill on the carpet

is this not deserving

of some reverence



James Lindley is a human person writing things on the internet. You can see his work on Twitter at DuendeonFuego (@DuendeenF).