Katherine Mansfield – Camomile Tea

Outside the sky is light with stars;
There’s a hollow roaring from the sea.
And, alas! for the little almond flowers,
The wind is shaking the almond tree.

How little I thought, a year ago,
In the horrible cottage upon the Lee
That he and I should be sitting so
And sipping a cup of camomile tea.

Light as feathers the witches fly,
The horn of the moon is plain to see;
By a firefly under a jonquil flower
A goblin toasts a bumble-bee.

We might be fifty, we might be five,
So snug, so compact, so wise are we!
Under the kitchen-table leg
My knee is pressing against his knee.

Our shutters are shut, the fire is low,
The tap is dripping peacefully;
The saucepan shadows on the wall
Are black and round and plain to see.


33 Responses to Katherine Mansfield – Camomile Tea

  1. Barbara Ybarra says:

    Interesting poem. Quite childlike, yet the one reference to the “horrible” cottage one year ago hints that magical times may only come to us as adults when we can put behind us those traumas that block out the real, the things plain to see. This is why I like the poems chosen for children. Very often there will be a tiny hints of banishing or ignoring the macabre by paying stark attention to the fascinating beauty right in front of our eyes. Good poetry always constructs concrete images with words that suggest much much more. Brava, Kahterine from New Zealand!

  2. Bob Birks says:

    A magic moment. No more, no less.

  3. This poem is certainly not my cup of tea!


    Thanks for sharing nonetheless,

    An Absurd Poet

  4. David W says:

    What a lovely poem. Very quirky and a little childish. The third stanza especially is wonderfully imaginative.

  5. Rhythm-wise, this poem is absolutely gorgeous.

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  6. soulfull writing 🙂

  7. Great poem, i really got the message you tried to pass. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Beautiful. The mundane made meaningful – surely what poetry and art in general should do?

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  13. Pete Willhelm says:

    Thanks for the post. Somehow, Mansfield completely slipped my mind when I was creating my own site, love poems for her. I’ll be sure to remedy that in short order. I like this poem almost as much as I like drinking chamomile tea!

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