African American Poetry (1870-1927): A Digital Anthology

Mary Effie Lee Newsome, "Sassafras Tea" (1927)

Sassafras Tea

The sass’fras tea is red and clear
In my white china cup,
So pretty I keep peeping in
Before I drink it up.
I stir it with a silver spoon,
And sometimes I just hold
A little tea inside the spoon,
Like it was lined with gold.
It makes me hungry just to smell
The nice hot sass’fras tea,
And that's one thing I really like
That they say's good for me.

Published in Caroling Dusk, 1927