Mirror Shards and Hissing Cats

On the thirteenth day
of the hottest noon of summer,
the Witch cracked seven mirrors
while dancing with her black cats.

Her neighbors whispered of unluck,
painted blood crosses over shut doors,
self-flogged for mercy
and screamed prayers of, “Forgive her!”

By sunset, the lone Witch stood
on an in-between place; ready for the oncoming fight—

mirror shards and hissing cats offer some protection,
but the most ruthless of the Fair Folk would not resist
the alluring call of fresh blood and fear-fattened screams.

for Magpie Tales 278

Woman in Black and Train Tracksvia

Uncanny Brews

I was supposed to have a tea party with AlmaMia Cienfuegos and The Bloody Bride, but… well, I forgot. In order to correct my horrid error, I figured that I would teach you how to brew a perfect cup of tea… Then I realized that my tea brewing abilities aren’t all that hot… Besides, Sandra Chira can tell you all about “How the Experts Brew Tea”.

While desperately looking around the room, in an effort to ignore the time, my eyes landed on the Mad Hat sculpture I purchased from Touch of the Goddess. I was safe! When in doubt, my Witchy Luv, “Unlock the Madness”, I heard the sculpture whisper. And I listened.
Mad Hat Sculpture
For A Fanciful Twist’s 8th annual Mad Tea Party, I’m serving three uncanny brews:

Hoasca Tea – this tea steeps at the very center of the União do Vegetal church, a religious organization that uses the hallucinogenic brew for spiritual practices. União do Vegetal’s leaders have explained that the tea is a concentration aid that assists the members in their search for spiritual knowledge. In the early 2000s US Customs confiscated a large amount of the Huasca, which was being shipped into the states—one of the ingredients in the tea is a Schedule I drug in the United States.

“Just a woman with tea pairs on the chest (1890)”. This lady has nothing to do with the previous paragraph, but I found her during my search… and just couldn’t let her go. Cheers!
Woman with Tea Cups on Breasts

Panda Dung Tea – how much did you pay for the most expensive cup of tea you’ve ever sipped? If your budget (and lack of adventurous-tea-gene) is anything like mine, then it wasn’t anything near $200. However, if you want your lips to taste a brew whose main ingredient has been nourished by the best panda poo, then you better show the money. What were you thinking my Wicked Luvs? The tea is not made from panda dung! The poo is for the plants, of course. Perfectly clear *cough*.

Darjeeling Tea – this “highly-prized” brew is not as pricy as the one described above, but it seems to be loved enough to be often counterfeited. The real tea must come from the Darjeeling District in West Bengal, India. But it seems that this is true for only about ¼ of the Darjeeling tea brewing around the world.

This, dear Luvs, is my last-minute-and-somewhat-flustered contribution to Vanessa Valencia’s Mad Tea Party. Do go and taste a bit of what everyone else is brewing. 😉