To nurses working day and night to answer every urgent call though needed elsewhere down the hall:
While rising to uncharted height, you stretch yourselves beyond the norm with steady empathetic form in carrying compassion’s light from room to room. Encouragement accompanies each flourish sent through dimmest corridors despite the toll a bad prognosis draws when healing treatment’s held on pause.
Ungracious patients seized with fright extort demands you can’t fulfill, but you react with kindness still.
I tip my hat with all my might to nurses caring for me now and aides as well deserve a bow.
To nurses working day and night while rising to uncharted height in carrying compassion’s light through dimmest corridors despite ungracious patients seized with fright, I tip my hat with all my might.
This was my part of a collaboration with my friend Bill Keller, in which we were challenged to take opposing sides of an issue but write as one voice. We decided on altruism, and he graciously took the con side with a reverse Shakespearean sonnet in response. Our joint effort, entitled “Give and Take”, won second place in the contest.
In the face of human need, may our voices be projected. Kindness shown in word and deed never leaves us unaffected. Whether given or received, fellow feeling fills the spaces hollowed by the woes perceived in the faces.
If life was like a scoreboard and we each received a mark for kindling in a rookie an inherent human spark, the names beside the numbers would be cycled down in lieu of one who gives so freely from the reservoir of you.
Regardless of my showing, still your total would be more — my only consolation is that no one’s keeping score. So, seeing I could never reach the top of such a chart, I’m simply saying thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Maybe if I had a billion dollars I could oversee a massive mission, blitzing through the deserts, hills, and hollers, rounding up the poor folks. Good nutrition, clothing, shelter, basic education, birth control and medical attention ought to be enough to bring a nation out of fiscal failure, not to mention perk up productivity. However, what if there was no such thing as money? How would altruism flourish? Never underestimate two hands. It’s funny seeing focus shifting when the labor asked of me is simply love my neighbor.
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