White Tea Shadows ~ for Carpe Diem Early Summer Kigo #212, Shincha (new tea)

©13 White Tea Shadows 2 sml6x


long shadows

on a seed catalog

my white tea


Digital Drawing and Painting

As I understand it white tea is made from the tender young (new) leaves of the tea plant (now that I think about it, I’ve seen something of this process at one time in Indonesia). In this sense white tea can be thought of as tea made from new leaves or “new tea”. I like white tea. It is a gentle green tea with many of the beneficial properties of green tea. I think of it as just right to begin the initial days of summer. 

I also know people who spend long winter hours browsing seed catalogs and ordering from them. I often wonder what they do with these catalogs once summer begins as new catalogs come out each year. It would be fun to keep them around to see how plantings grew compared to what the catalogs had indicated. I also suspect if I were to do this, I’d end up using the catalogs as occasional coasters.  

My response to prompt  #212, Shincha (new tea) for the Carpe Diem ~ June 2013 prompts, which are centered around traditional “kigo” or “season words” for summer.

June on Carpe Diem has been divided up into three different seasons of traditional summer kigo: Early Summer, Mid Summer and Late Summer. Shincha (new tea) is an Early Summer kigo. The informative prompt and responses to this prompt can be found on the Carpe Diem Blog.

You are invited to respond to these prompts as well.

Have fun. Explore haiku. Aloha—Rick

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