Tea with a Man

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Tea with a Man 
by Kevin Ramsden

I drank tea with a man today,
He put honey on the table.
We sat and drank in silence.
The tea was black and loosed leaf.
The man watched me.
I drank tea with a man today,
His face was white.
Yet, I found it odd to see,
Shadows dance across his face.

I drank tea with a man today.
She sipped from a mug of many faces.
A tear fell,
The man licked the falling drop, and
Consumed what was left.
I drank tea with a man today.
There was whole milk
It was poured into her cup
The leaf muddled with the cow.

I drank tea with a man today.
They knew man meant nothing.
No gender, no race, no face.
I screamed “WOAH-MAN!” Woman!
Think it’s something different?
I drank tea with a man today.
They cried be a man.
He/Him/His
Cultural Predator

I drank tea with a man today.
He said nothing.
I drank tea with a man today.
She said you are wrong.
I drank tea with a man today.
They said one day you’ll see, man’s
Honey crusted lips,
And milk bleeding from their wrists.
 
I drank tea with a man today.

I drank tea with a man today.

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