Tea by the Batten Kill

Rinsing away the
world, from a widow’s
peak above the Batten
Kill, with a cup of rose tips, 
everything burned leaves
the fragrance of her dried lips,
like old questions interrupted.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat Review, Moria Poetry Journal, Chronogram Journal, Ampersand Literary Review, the Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the Havana Times, the South China Morning Post, the Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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