What gave you the the idea to use the metaphor of tea? Its an interesting view to like at creation, very creative RayMe.
I do like how you look at the different aspects of creating tea, almost makes me want a cup of tea and reflect on what you have mentioned. Its a very creative piece indeed.
Although I did linger on referring sugar as them. Personally it didn't feel right to me. I felt like at first it was a metaphor for you drowning by bullies. Untill I read on a little more.