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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Camomile Tea

Camomile Tea by Katherine Mansfield

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.
I hope you enjoy this photograph of a little piece of my herb garden. The daisy like flowers are actually camomile. I have cut and dried most of it for tea ... it's so sweet and lovely and gives you such a cozy sleep.


  1. I love chamomile - such a wonderful fragrance! Beautiful picture of your garden, Suzanne!

  2. I would love to see your gardens someday! Lovely poem and beautiful photo! Enjoy your weekend, Susanne!

  3. I can image that your whole garden is just fabulous!
    Thanks for this wonderful poem - it´s like a gift at the end of a work-filled day!

  4. You may have a few of us coming over just to spend time in your story book garden Susanne! I wish I could have one like that! Thank you for the beautiful poem!