Out With the Tide #poetry #abuse

no one could hear her screams for help she was underwater he had warned her she would not capitulate death was claiming her breath the doorbell rang “not a good time” he yelled pounding on the door this will have to wait limp as seaweed she rose from the pool other woman huffed at theContinue reading “Out With the Tide #poetry #abuse”

eXplanation #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

“Can you tell me?” “What would you like to know?” With Dementia we often will be asked the same questions every shift or 10 times every shift. I find the more confused a client is the more they can loop around a similarity. “When is my friend Felicia coming?” “We called. She’s on her way?”Continue reading “eXplanation #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

Drawing You #poetry #face

My first sweep of your jawline a shade around your nose caught on your eyes what is happening who knows ** I sketched until dawn this face remembering then why were my lips shaking and trembling *** I peered deeper still you looked back at me what had I done set my love free? **Continue reading “Drawing You #poetry #face”

O to be an Ostrich #atozchallenge #elderlyissues

beautiful and sleek pulled  by the years wrinkly neck As women age, our eyes have lines, our hands are wrinkled and our necks sag. So unlike the ostrich with the beautiful long neck. The elderly need to have a good overview of their health. But obsessing on their diseases can be a greater stress thanContinue reading “O to be an Ostrich #atozchallenge #elderlyissues”

Grief #atozchallenge #elderly #haiku #photography

final song head fell against the pillow flowers wept *** I don’t need to explain what grief is in a time when the flowers in so many gardens are weeping. One of my patients, before she was put in isolation, told me that she thought about her husband every day. “He was a good man.Continue reading “Grief #atozchallenge #elderly #haiku #photography”

Alzheimers and Old Butcher Knives Part 2 #atozchallenge #elderly

“Millie came to visit… The RAT never suspected. Never suspected a thing. Extra sugar can hide almost anything. The one thing my husband enjoyed was my home baked cookies.” “Oh well. Thanks for your candor and for the cookie. I need to go now. Have a good day ma’am.” I tried not to run offContinue reading “Alzheimers and Old Butcher Knives Part 2 #atozchallenge #elderly”

Be Still… #covid19 #faith #poetry

Dawn is breaking spring’s storm is calmed peace’s moment *** “Then he arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” Mark 4:39   In turbulent days, we can always trust in the one who calms the sea and our hearts.Continue reading “Be Still… #covid19 #faith #poetry”

Gravel Tears #sorrow #hospice #tears #elderly

I caught up with a tear today it was from old despair in attempt to grasp at it it ran away from there * pain’s etched upon a heart at death we cannot grasp it leaves on wind before we know our hands one final clasp * I caught up with a tear today mingledContinue reading “Gravel Tears #sorrow #hospice #tears #elderly”

Sands Of Time #life #hospice #poetry

I draw an endless line I’ve forgotten where’s the start fingers know the texture lines drawn upon my heart * countless beyond measure the sands beneath my feet a child’s toes remember sea memories so deep * I’ve drawn an endless line forgotten where’s the start at times I’ve lost all hope those lines haveContinue reading “Sands Of Time #life #hospice #poetry”

Not Under a Tree #gifts #children #Christmas

Please enjoy this montage of poetry over the next several days. These true vignettes represent what I believe the true spirit of Christmas to b: Generous the soul that gives what little he possess in such a manner shed a light a heart the greatest gift ***   There was a boy not old norContinue reading “Not Under a Tree #gifts #children #Christmas”

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