Tea Ceremony
Kathleen Hellen

A lit licking in the wetness. Water. Bag. A week ago the street was broken open. Hammer, truck. The digging into lines to keep from flooding. Underground the velvet of the rats. The copper caverns. Lead. The hot steep, deep and damned. I do not know the way to turn the cup. The day opening its energies. The hour, quicksand.

Poet, educator and former journalist, Kathleen Hellen is the author of the award-winning collection Umberto’s Night published by Washington Writers’ Publishing House and two chapbooks, The Girl Who Loved Mothra and Pentimento.

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