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The Cup of Tea.

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The Cup of Tea

   The cup of tea ...
      warmed, quiet strength,
      gentleness,
      blended,
      hand picked.
      boiled--formation.
      steeped and rested
        to perfection.

   Shared with others
      --relationships begin
      --love
      --conversation
      --friendship

   Shared with God
      --contemplation
      --emersion
      --filling, hydration
      --(w)holiness

   Drinking
      --emptied out

   Second cup of tea
      --renewal

Helen Chigaros, RN, MSN, APRN-FCN, CRRN, is a parish nurse in her home congregation and an educational partner of the IPNRC at Kankakee Community College in Kankakee, Illinois. She also is featured in the IPNRC DVD, "Called to Care through Faith Community Nursing."

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Author:Chigaros, Helen
Publication:Parish Nurse Perspectives
Article Type:Poem
Date:Sep 22, 2008
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