Tea Bowls

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1153, *Raku – Japanese Pottery
*enjoyment, comfort, ease
Raku ware (raku-yaki) is a type of Japanese pottery traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, most often in the form of chawan tea bowls. It is traditionally characterized by being hand-shaped rather than thrown; fairly porous vessels, which result from low firing temperatures; lead glazes; and the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot. In the traditional Japanese process, the fired raku piece is removed from the hot kiln and is allowed to cool in the open air.


Black Raku Tea Bowl, with Crane

A monk sips morning tea,
it’s quiet,
the chrysanthemum’s flowering.

© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Robert Hass)

in this tea house
the smell of cherry blossoms
scooping hot water

© Yozakura

crystal clear water
ghostly curls of steam –
the perfume of tea

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Here is my attempt:

endear me to this tea bowl
so like life


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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