The Art of Tea and Poetry

The Art of Tea and Poetry

An Errand into the Desert


And so the boy was calm,
as he grasped her wrist.
He didn't notice, didn't sense,
but it was cold. The wrist didn't know him that long.
And then he left
with a blaze of palm trees behind,
as she sent her tears and love
upon the Good wind, he left.

And so he pursued no road to be less travelled by.
His being was latent in a drop of water,
percolating through grains of golden sand.
No treasure, no horizon, the dunes were revived
under fascinated hearts. The silence became a crawl.
Neither a flock of sheep nor the drawing of a rose
were needed.

And the good sent him obstacles, tribes of gravel under his feet,
but he carried on looking at the sunset while sad
and at the stars while missing home. The wind turned
into a golden lead horseman,
guiding him through twilight to his
estranged soul.

And then, on a cliff near an enemy’s camp,
the mind empties, the heart is attentive.
Voices of the Good rise from the sand, blown by the wind,
cry through the eternal light of the sun. This is not legend and
it's not personal - it is written.

And so the boy pursues. He will realize all.
Everything he sees will no longer be a peel,
because the essence is concealed from eyes no more.
He won’t need to pursue, Good is right here.

Lead into gold, gold into wind.
Wind into Good.
God into lead.

He shall sweat, he shall be burned,
the world and he share the underground soul.

And then…the boy was calm.


by Shay Ottolenghi,

Shay Ottolenghi

Shay Ottolenghi is a 17 years old dance student in the Thelma Yellin High School of Fine Arts in Israel. Ever since the 1st grade, he found the world of writing fascinating and versatile, and wrote many experimental poems and stories. After being accepted into the dance department time restrictions forced him to put aside his writing. However, this year, in the framework of his English literature lessons, he found the opportunity to revive his love for writing and poetry.

About by Shay Ottolenghi,

Shay Ottolenghi

Shay Ottolenghi is a 17 years old dance student in the Thelma Yellin High School of Fine Arts in Israel. Ever since the 1st grade, he found the world of writing fascinating and versatile, and wrote many experimental poems and stories. After being accepted into the dance department time restrictions forced him to put aside his writing. However, this year, in the framework of his English literature lessons, he found the opportunity to revive his love for writing and poetry.

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