Milk Tea

May 02, 2021 by Kyomi O'Connor


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I am naturally a milk tea drinker

Since my early childhood.


I love to drink black coffee though

Sometimes, but not all the time


Tea- poured in thoroughly boiled water

Brewed to dark for a few minutes

Milk is mixed with softening the flavor


For its best aroma, I love loose tea

But for everyday convenience

I brew two large packets of tea leaf in a mug

And mix in plenty of milk


My late husband, Patrick, was born in England

He was also a milk tea drinker

We used to put sugar in our tea


No matter how well or how sick we were

We drunk a cup of tea every morning


It’s medicinal or ritual of our daily life.



Whenever we came home from traveling

The first thing I did was boiling water

Preparing a cup of tea for each of us

We sat down and relaxed.


Since our Buddhist practice in 1998

We’d offered a cup of milk tea

To our ancestors every morning

Occasional foods and cakes were

out of our love and sincerity


In the summer of 2016

But all of a sudden

This ritual has altered its meaning


With my love and devotion to

The dearest person in my life

I continue to offer a cup of milk tea 


With A teaspoonful of sugar to

My sweetheart