Rainbows For Tea Take Care with this one You need the right mix in the pastry Get that wrong and it’ll all spill out Get the pastry mix right Make sure you’ve pressed it into the tin Make sure the oven is the right temperature Make sure that everything is meticulously done The tables are set You don’t need doilies You don’t need doilies this time round it’s nice to have but it’s Superfluous Just yourself Two plates Cake forks are nice If not, Fingers. Fingers are fine Sometimes better, If you’re feeding each other. What needs to happen is Love Attention Care Baked into the jam Boiled slowly. Not boiled! Barely bubbling round the rim. Keep that! Keep it going And when you think it’s cooling down Pour it into your pie Bake it again Until it’s slightly chewy Like a giant tart You have to put some effort into the eating As well. Into the savouring Because otherwise it goes by too quickly, you won’t know you’ve eaten Rainbows for tea. And when you do serve Some ceremony is nice Some sense of occasion But it’s everyday Make your ceremony Something you can repeat everyday Change it When you’re used to it Maybe whisper under the serviette What you want to happen. Maybe A sprig of lavender In the cutlery tray Maybe Just some sunshine on the plates That might be enough. And when you’re sitting Let the music be talk Let the melody be light Let the content Be important to each other. Shoes off at the door - Nothing from the outside in. It’s a special occasion but it’s everyday, So shoes off at the door. Nothing from the outside in. Coat hanging, drying, if necessary. Take off those gloves. You need to feel what you’re handling With care. Savour each crumb Or maybe there’s some more But that’s for tomorrow.