Sunday, December 23, 2012

Cup of Christmas Tea

Even though Sue loves her tea, we don't often get the pretty cups out. I mean to say, "The woman wants big mugs full of tea, not tiny cups." However, the cups do make for a pretty display.

I am reminded of Tom Hegg's poem, "A Cup of Christmas Tea." The poem has been turned into a book, which I, somehow, managed to miss reading until a few years ago, despite the fact that it has been in Sue's collection for a long time now.

When I did get around to reading this schmaltzy piece, I couldn't staunch the tears. When I thought to look it up again this year, my eyes moistened once again.

The poem is about a man, whose aunt invited for Christmas tea. He hasn't seen her in a long time, but is somewhat reluctant to visit because she suffered a stroke in the past year. He thinks he would prefer to remember her the way she was. Of course, he does go, and it was the right choice.

In this video, Heggs reads the poem. It's about 7 minutes long, but I think you will like it if you are not already familiar with this piece. You can also read the poem as he recites it.

Click here if you would like to read the whole piece in your own time. I would paste it here, but I am not sure if that is ethical.


RVVagabond said...

Thank you for sharing. Even if it did bring tears to my eyes.

Ginger said...

Thank you, AC. I do believe I need to go have a cup o' Christmas tea with an old acquaintance who is housebound and lives not far from us. Thank you for this post, which brought that into clear focus for me.

Shammickite said...

Christmas Eve.... I'm all by myself all day (boo hoo!) so have time finally to catch up on some blogs. I've been a very naughty blogger just recently, what with my internet going wrong and then as soon as it was fixed, the Christmas Variety Show and now all the Christmas prep.... however I promise to be better in the future. So Have a Happy Christmas and all the best for 2013!

Mary said...

Beautifuk!! Thanks for sharing.