The Art of Tea and Poetry

The Art of Tea and Poetry

Cherylyn Vardi (Frecklewood)

a tearoom does not pretend to be

other than what it was built for - 

an Abode of Vacancy

a fleeting structure built of bamboo and wood

to house a poetic impulse

ornamentation is of no need

simplicity is the scheme

Camellia allures

her fermented fragrance

a poetry of no words

She breeds humanity

in a cup of tea

man becomes human when

he ascends necessity 

and finds beauty in the


this site celebrates

the ordinary its

imperfections and its harmonies

through leaves of teas



© Frecklewood 2016

About Peppered Poetry

Self-help books have been very popular reading over the years. Some offer guidance and instruction in solving hard-core problems easily. Others are paperback practitioners treating patients on pages with sedating words and insuring cures.

Religious and spiritual figures are bestselling authors in the genre of self-help, mitigating people's worries and woes or giving them recipes for day-to-day living on their own or in the throes.

Self-help began with the ancient Greek aphorism "know thyself" and the Socratic maxim: "The unexamined life is not worth living." In other words, if a person fails to seek knowledge and wisdom on how to live a good life then his/her life will have no worth or value.

Before philosophy, there was poetry. Poetry, defined by Aristotle, is an intellectual enterprise contributing to thought and knowledge. Poetry portrays the nature of Man by representing particular individuals in such a way that it will cast light on other individuals.

In a famous passage from his Poetics, Aristotle asserts that poetry is more philosophical than history because history deals, essentially, with the singular, whereas, poetry deals with the universal - the very nature of humankind.

Teaism is a combination of philosophical thought and poetry through the ceremony of tea. It revers beauty found in the sordid and mundane of everyday life. Kakuzo Okakura in The Book of Tea tells us that teaism is essentially a worship of the imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we call life. It explores Man's relationship with nature and His sense of proportion to the universe. Poetry and tea represent our art of life.

In the Tea Room we will draw out the beauty from within the ordinary through the ceremony of tea and the reading of poetry. For those who would like to put their pens to page, Fusions will be a perfect place to find your voice. Here, we will explore the world of writing and delve into the depth of spices and teas. Scented thought and aromas of tea will fuse our imaginations with experience and memories.

In this world wide web of electronic highways and byways, Peppered Poetry is a cyber-retreat of discovery and creation.

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