Happy Nurses' Week

People Who Live Near the Hospital 

by Tina Kelley

Sick ones and survivors look down and see

real life going on, presumably unscarred,

the tricycle on the lawn, the garage door open,

the truck on the highway going under

the overpass, emerging on.

From the solarium window the scene below

looks fragile, cinematic and deaf,

a model railroad, an oasis of health,

the people there unknowingly blessed

by the wishes of those who wait.


  1. Beautiful. Happy Nurse's Week, sister.

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  3. This is wonderful. I am going to share it with the nurses in my life.

  4. Bonjour, my Distracted friend!

    I am writing to you from the Middle of Nowhere, Phrance, wondering whether or not you recall the beautiful poem that you posted long ago about the beautiful body that did not know about the clot in its heart that ended its life? If you do and you would not mind telling me the title, I would like to reread it and share it with students of an English teacher that died of a sudden heart attack at age 69 a week ago last Saturday on her 45th wedding anniversary.

    You could holler at me at spitandbalingwire at gmail dot com or in my blog of the same title in the comments section of the last post. I keep catching pieces of the poem but not enough to run a successful Google search. Believe me, I've tried!


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