Afternoon Tea

There is elegance in afternoon tea
served from a samovar
accompanied by cucumber
and cream cheese finger sandwiches,
served every afternoon at four
in a glass-enclosed sunroom
bright with light.
The sound of splashing
from a fountain
in the nearby patio,
and the muted voices of young women,
mixed and blended.
We were living at The Three Arts Club
learning music, art, drama
and the elegance of afternoon tea
served from a samovar
in a glass-enclosed room
bright with sunlight.

by June Stepansky

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