I Invented Tea

I Invented Tea

I made the trip
Grueling as it was in those days
From India to China
For the Buddha
[I yearned for a pure act of worship].

When I arrived
I cut off my eyelids and buried them
To devote myself
In ceaseless contemplation.

My eyelids grew into the plant
When mixed with water
Produced tea
And the kind of alertness —

Mindfulness required.

That’s how I invented tea.