Today was the day, the start of something new, the inaugural Poetry Tea Tuesday. After lunch, the schedule was full of appointments and lessons ,so we kicked this thing off with a breakfast. My son had an early class, but hopefully he will be able to join us in a few weeks when summer break starts!

The menu: double chocolate peanut butter pancakes, fresh fruit, and of course tea. The gorgeous May weather allowed us to breakfast al fresco, enjoying the welcome sunshine and fresh clipped roses from the garden.

Our first selection:

The Tone of Voice

It’s not so much what you say,
As the manner in which you say it;
It’s not so much the language you use
As the tone in which you convey it;
‘Come here!’ I sharply said,
And the child cowered and wept.
‘Come here’, I said–
He looked and smiled
And straight to my lap he crept.
Words may be mild and fair
And the tone may pierce like a dart;
Words may be soft as the summer air,
But the tone may break my heart;
For words come from the mind
Grow by study and art–
But tone leaps from the inner self,
Revealing the state of the heart.
Whether you know it or not,
Whether you mean or care,
Gentleness, kindness, love, and hate,
Envy, anger are there.
Then, would you quarrels avoid
And peace and love rejoice?
Keep anger not only out of your words–
Keep it out of your voice.


Do you have a favorite poem? Or an original to grace the next tea? Please share in the comments below.