Tea Time


Inle Lake, Myanmar (Photo: Julien de Salaberry on Unsplash)


Arkar waited. The sky, his namesake, spread gray and calm above him.

Sometimes it took Dachen a little longer to make it. No matter.

Long breaths passed. A dog barked in the distance. Children laughed, and Arkar thought of the first time he’d met Dachen. They were but boys themselves then. Dachen had just come to live with his grandparents, who lived downstream from Arkan’s childhood home. The old folk enfolded the young orphan. “Our great joy, he is, true to his name.”

Dachen was as gregarious as Arkar was shy. They balanced each other. Then and since.

A pat sounded and Arkar lifted his pole in welcome. Dachen neared and expertly swiveled his boat to face Arkar’s.

“Twelve fish today,” Dachen’s face shone. He accepted a cup from Arkar. “Two big ones here for your wife.”

Arkar smiled his thanks. For the fish. For his friend. “Tea time?”




For What Pegman Saw: Myanmar



22 thoughts on “Tea Time

    • Thank you, J! πŸ™‚ I love friendships and connection between people (or people and pets, or between animals … you get the gist …), and the small but meaningful exchanges that make them. πŸ™‚ Glad if it came across! Na’ama

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    • Yay, Penny. I’m so glad the calm contentment of it got communicated. There is such delicate beauty in the image, and such grace in the people of Myanmar I’d met (not many, granted, but lovely people all), that I wanted to try and capture it. πŸ™‚ Na’ama

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    • Thank you! I was moved by the balance (almost against gravity) of the two men on their boats! And I’m so glad you ‘got it’ that this was part of what I was trying to convey! πŸ™‚ The photo is sublime, isn’t it? Not my photo (as you can see in the credit), but absolutely fantastic and evocative. πŸ™‚

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