“Every morning, not as early as we would find it glorifying in the west, she arrives at the empty corner of the street, which through my eyes awaits garbage bags and construction waste. She scatters the plastic stools around, sets her table, and bends her body, caressing the ground with a bundle of straw. And the ground that was waiting for garbage is now the floor of an invisible and silent castle. The empress of this domain reveals her majesty in every little gesture: as she sweeps the floor, as she slowly arranges the old tins and jars over the table, holders of her herbs and secrets. The action begins: cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and coffee fumes rising up to the sky…” – April, 2010.



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2 thoughts on “THE TEA LADY

  1. The taste of the coffee is just an outcome. One might say: merely. The most important element is the cerimony. It is through this means that significance is bestowed. Every tiny element adds up to the coming experience, even the invisible or silent ones. Although such an approach may be deceitful, for there is nourishment for all the senses. There is the colour of the espices, there is the noise of the busy tools, there is the warm touch of the jars, the confort scent of the fumes, flowing finally to the taste, thus encopassing all perception, which is, fundamentally, the very concept of transcendence.

    unfortunately, only a few besides the empress share this knowledge.


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