Drinking From The Saucer.

Drinking From The Saucer
by John Paul Moore

I’ve never made a fortune,
And I’ll never make one now
But it really doesn’t matter
‘Cause I’m happy anyhow

As I go along my journey
I’m reaping better than I’ve sowed
I’m drinking from the saucer
‘Cause my cup has overflowed

I don’t have a lot of riches,
And sometimes the going’s tough
But with kin and friends to love me
I think I’m rich enough

I thank God for the blessings
That His mercy has bestowed
I’m drinking from the saucer
‘Cause my cup has overflowed

He gives me strength and courage
When the way grows steep and rough
I’ll not ask for other blessings for
I’m already blessed enough

May we never be too busy
To help bear another’s load
Then we’ll all be drinking from the saucer
When our cups have overflowed

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18 Responses to Drinking From The Saucer.

  1. Kylie says:

    I really like the idea of drinking from the saucer because the cup overflows!

    On a different note, when I was a very small girl my grandmother would sometimes make me a cup of tea and then pour tea into the saucer so it would cool quickly. I wonder if anyone does such things in these days of childrens sippy cups and baby cinos

    • In India, in every possible situation where tea is sold and consumed, you will find people drinking tea from the saucers. The photograph shows one such grand fellow!

  2. Great poem. My cup is overflowing, and I know yours is too. 🙂
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  3. tammy j says:

    love this sweet old poem.
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    • A friend of mine sent this to me just a couple of days ago. I had not read it earlier and I immediately thought of sharing it with my friends. It is a lovely poem indeed.

  4. I think it’s a British thing and Kylie has the idea which was that it would cool quicker…slurping is also the way with the saucer, if I remember rightly.

  5. Kaitlin says:

    What a touching poem. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Like Kylie, I remember people sipping from saucers to cool their tea. This is a novel idea, and a much better reason for saucer-sipping! The poem is simple, but so powerful!

    • In India, it is common practice to order for one by two chai, also called cutting chai. Chai being tea and one by two meaning that two persons will share one cup of tea. The sharing is done by one drinking half the chai from the saucer.

  7. Suman Gunin says:

    lovely poem.

  8. Wisewebwoman says:

    I remember my grandfather doing this and my granny admonishing him “not in front of the child Dan!”. No worries I see it differently. Thanks Ramana.

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    • I was sent to an Anglo Indian couple to learn “proper ways” by my then British employer when I was in my late teens. Among the serious no nos was this commandment – thou shalt not drink from the saucer.

  9. Geeta Prakash says:

    Brought a smile on my lips…from several memories and also many thoughts to ponder upon….
    The tangible ones…from the initial ridicule and wondering why people would drink from the saucer to realising the benefits of drinking chai from the saucer like cooling, sharing, losing one’s inhibitions….
    The poem also reminded me of a beautiful zen story of the cup overflowing…leaving many points to ponder upon…

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