Tea leaves

They say you can find 

your destiny in the tea leaves

sticking at the bottom of the cup

encircling and leaving patterns 

easy to deciphered and 


making the patterns 

that zig-zag mesh

resembling the events in your life

Marking your ups and downs 

and earmarking

all the important events

which make them truly shine

It’s an art they say

pure talent

so sublime

I wonder

I gaze with a child-like 


my mouth agape in


and horror at the same time

How mere broken leaves 

from a plant forgotten,

can seamlessly 

narrate my story

when you so conveniently

ignore the scars the 

time has left on me.

Photo by Marco Secchi on Unsplash

50 thoughts on “Tea leaves

  1. Love the juxtaposition in the twist at the end: wonderment and fear, all at once. How simple those tea leaves can spin our stories while the ones we truly want to understand do not. Beautiful, Megha!

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      1. Oh yes! Believe me the Potterhead inside me was rejoicing at that realisation. I specially love the ending though, with how you have given a fresh twist to the old lore of fortune telling by tea leaves 🙂

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  2. “from a plant forgotten,

    can seamlessly

    narrate my story

    when you so conveniently

    ignore the scars the

    time has left on me.”………….wow! not much i can really say but I felt these lines, the words hit hard – so very good.

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