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Author Name: FreeSJordan 2 Comments
Date Added: November 12, 2010 10:11:55 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Veteran's Hospital 2010
Am I limping again
This hallway is long
Faces blur by me
I grow older
Trying to reach his bedside
Wheelchairs filled by wars or current illness
Broken hearts, missing limbs, or corroded lungs,
compressed spines, young and old alike, broken
This action is here now,  not "over there"
Spouses, adult children, or friends stand by,
taking direction, waiting through surgeries
Death too sometimes - the man at the end of hall
Thinking how this place never closes
The doctors and busy nurses, learned and compassionate
Veterans with worried eyes tease rather than show fear
This building is huge and didn't look so holy outside
Twenty-three is too young to lose your legs and
have a football-sized hole in the side of your head
His mother pushes the wheelchair; he is still alive
Now forever her baby son again
I turned my head and fled to find a spot to cry
In ICU there is a nurse named Ola
Thirty years tested in this business of caring
She made it seem so easy as her nimble hands
moved tubes, cleaned, gave shots, informed
and explained and gave more than rote work
to her exquisite job; one of the angels among them
Two days, one night, she watched his vitals signs closely.
And I, a wife, heard, felt, saw much there
Wives in a shoulder-to-shoulder sisterhood
Speaking quietly in hallways, quietly smiling
We know the fruits of war, our spouse who hurts
Wives, the veterans of a different kind
Met the doctor who looked so very young
The nurses who scurry and work, work, work
Bless all of them who give so much
Say thank you, honey, thanks to them we go home today.
Author's Notes:
This week my husband had surgery in the VA Hospital Dallas; he is doing well and is home...what an experience.  This is a tribute to those doctors and nurses and other wives of Veterans and friends and families of them...I saw so much, talked to so many...I pray for all of them.   What better time than this week with Veterans Day in it.  Thanks to all of our Veterans and those who care for them.    
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Comment By: Freeelizabeth cantrall on November 13, 2010 12:01:28 AM Report
This really touches the heart...If it weren't for brave People like your husband America would be lost...
Comment By: Freee. Gene Myers on November 12, 2010 05:33:51 PM Report
Exactly ...   when I was a youth VA hospitals had horrible reputations.  I was accepted by VA last year and they are that way no more,  The McGuire VA hospital in Richmond Va is one of the best in the nation.  In the time I've gone there, I have seen but one person working there that did not have a smile on their face.  Everyone is entitled to a bad day.  Things have changed.  I'd recommend them any day
Beautiful poem


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