Transition from 'Person' to 'Fool'

Margaret Sanderson

Joined September 2008

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ODE TO A GERIATRIC NURSE :- THE TRANSITION FROM PERSON TO FOOL

As you watch me decay in my hospital bed
Do you think that I might be better off dead?
Oh, I see how you look when I dribble my food,
And I know how you think, that I’m useless, and crude.
But you know, I once had a life of my own,
With a husband, two kids, and a beautiful home,
Where mother would visit, on Sunday for tea,
And a grandchild would climb up and sit on her knee.
We loved, laughed and cried, like normal folk do.
Did you know that I once was a ‘person’ like you?

You show no respect, as I sit in my chair,
For you dress me, and feed me, while visitors stare.
But I cannot protest, and it’s pointless, you see.
There are too few of you, and many like me,
And perhaps you don’t think that I have any pride
When you say, “Come on now, you old fool—open wide!”

Yes I know that you have only limited time.
You still have your life, I’ve already had mine.
But the next time you call me a ‘fool’ as you do,
Remember, I once was a ‘person’ like you …

ODE TO A GERIATRIC

You think I’m that cold, that I don’t really care?
As I wash you, and dress you, and brush out your hair.
You’re just like a child, yet you look very old
How can I not care? You think I’m that cold?

When I see you each day, with no flicker of life,
Oh yes, I imagine you once were a wife,
A daughter, a mother, a grandparent too,
With a time full of things important to do.

Now I watch you do nothing, but merely exist,
And wonder what sorrows, what joys you have missed.
You are wrong to assume that I wish you were dead,
For we share something special, do not be misled.

This is your final statement, your means to an end.
It’s an honour for me, to nurse you, my friend.
If I call you a fool, it’s not from the heart,
For what right have I to pull you apart?
As you said in your verse, and I will say too
There are so few of us, and many like you.

Margaret Sanderson

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