Last Days of Grain Rain

The last few days of 穀雨 Gǔyǔ (“Grain Rain”). Here, it feels unfathomable that we are on the precipice of Summer. How would you know as it is raining today in New York? Yet, hints of the incoming warm season are all around.

Blossoms on trees burst. Leaves shine an emerald green. The earth is warm and wet. The insects abound, soon to chime and chatter as they do in the Summer months.

Today, as the world feels cool and refreshing, I sit by my window and enjoy the sound of rain pattering on the plants outside.

Ferns and hostas.

Lilacs and budding flowers.

Water droplets become small jewels as the collect and form bright prisms on velvet foliage.

Old teaware accompanies new vegetation and the awakening of the latent season.

An antique 石灣 Shíwān pot and blue-and-white cup.

Roasted tea beams bright gold liqueur.

Low light filtered through the trees.

The feeling is calm and casual as I spread my wares and body across the surface of my wooden floor.

Birds call outside.

Reflections fade and evolve across the crackled surface of the iridescent glaze of the old teapot.

The flavor of tea lingers even as the scent of it flags.

Cool breeze and the emptiness that’s caused by the sound of raindrops.

Summer is almost here. Can you feel it?

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Filed under Ceramics, Meditation, Oolong, Tea, Tea Tasting

7 responses to “Last Days of Grain Rain

  1. Sweden A.

    This is like literary AMSR

  2. Christopher

    I can literally smell the fresh and slightly humid spring air after reading this, wonderful! Thank you Scott.

  3. Gilles Maucout

    hello Scott!

    very nice feeling and connection to nature!

    I happened to have the same feeling in Paris hearing the sound of rain on the tree leaves outside the tea pavilion…

    Gilles

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