by Jill Sharon Kimmelman
Another crazy chaotic work day looms: 24 hours
Can you do it?
perhaps...if you turn a deaf ear to the noisy chatter
of concerns threatening to topple
every text book...fence post...memorized statistic inside your bleary mind
It's not a day for dreaming dreams and sipping coffee slowly
it's a day for getting through and under and over and out the door
Minute by minute...hour after hour
they call out your name
hugging the corners...patients with fears
so many lost souls...riddled with grief
red-rimmed eyes...swimming with tears
Anxious patients wait...not always patiently
pressing...re-pressing...pounding their buttons
you cannot ignore those ceaseless ringing bells
Needy people...needing you
each one demanding something different
a break...a meal...change for the bus...a hug
fighting against their dying...headed for heaven
some days are just plain hell!
They need you to take them outside their confusion
and miles away from their pain
Thirteen hours to go...welcome back hero
to the frenzy...to the chaos...
to the tiny spark of someone's hope
Do they say the words aloud
or is it enough just to see thanks in their smile
on a face that hasn't smiled in perhaps a dozen years
So many sounds...too many sounds
by day's end you are ready...more than ready for silence
yet...when it comes...it is too quiet
you lay restless...engulfed in dark and stillness
sleep has become an unanswered prayer
You realize then...it hits you hard
you haven’t heard her voice all day
When at last you make the call
she is half asleep...her words are soft
you clutch them to you as a prize
finally now...you can close your eyes
You helped a few souls
you fought the good fight
another work day fades to black
as she enters your dreams
beautiful in resplendent light
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Author’s note: written, with gratitude, while the author was a hospital patient, in appreciation, to the extraordinary first responders and her team of dedicated nurses.
Jill Sharon Kimmelman was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, in poetry, in 2017 and Best Of The Net 2018. Recent publications include, Spillwords Press, Yasou! A Celebration Of Life Ezine and Better Than Starbucks. Current publications are in the works.
She enjoys “cooking from the heart”, theatre, lively book discussions and photography. She lives in Delaware with her husband, Tim.