Morning Tea

Johnson, Karen RNP-C

Oncology Times:
doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000395343.77524.6b
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    Poetry by Cancer Caregivers

    Submissions are welcome from oncologists, oncology nurses, and other cancer caregivers. E-mail only, please, to:, and include affiliation/title, address, and phone number, along with a photo, if available.


    Lying in my bed, it's warm

    I stretch, thinking, turn over

    For just a few more minutes.

    Tea, warm, a beautiful brown

    Thinking of a cup of tea

    Gets me started in my day.

    When I was a child,

    Tea was for sick people

    Tea with honey for sore throats.

    Forgotten in my college years

    Cast aside for coffee,

    Coffee needed to keep going.

    Coffee brings more energy

    More energy than tea, addictive

    I must combat fatigue.

    Fatigue of life—fight back with coffee

    One cup, then two, then twelve each day

    Just to keep going.

    Coffee to extract every bit of energy

    From my cells, twelve cups every day

    Why am I so tired?

    Cancer, they said, serious, widespread

    Chemotherapy, radiation

    So tired, coffee no longer satisfies.

    Twelve cups of coffee, so pitiful, so sad

    A long missed diagnosis

    What I did to just keep going!

    No more coffee!

    I don't like the memory of how I

    Whipped my fatigued body.

    Awakening now, stiff, sore, older

    But cancer free

    I take time for gratitude.

    Morning tea, warm, comforting

    Awakens my spirit gently

    as I travel through my day.

    Remembering morning tea

    Remembering days of coffee

    Treasuring these days of tea.

    © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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