The first bowl sleekly moistened throat and lips,
The second banished all my loneliness
The third expelled the dullness from my mind,
Sharpening inspiration gained
from all the books I’ve read.
The fourth brought forth light perspiration,
Dispersing a lifetime’s troubles through my pores.
The fifth bowl cleansed ev’ry atom of my being.
The sixth has made me kin to the Immortals.
I can take no more.
– Lu Tung, Chinese Poet
The jasmine flower in this photo was wrapped in green tea leaves. It unfolded in contact with hot water. It was ready to drink after a few minutes.