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The Nursing Home

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Balladeer
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0 posted 08-22-99 11:33 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

I had put Momma in a rest home.
There simply was no other way.
She needed care I couldn't give her;
Her mind had finally slipped away.

I went to visit her twice daily.
I took her books and told her jokes.
I tried my best to give her comfort...
She never smiled. She never spoke.

Spring turned to Summer, then to Autumn
As life routinely plodded on.
I went to visit Mom one Sunday.
This time I took my my dog along.

I had tried everything to please her
And I had hoped my little pup
Could somehow tickle Momma's fancy
And, in some small way, cheer her up.

Well, I could feel something was different
The very moment I stepped in.
That face that hadn't smiled in months now
Began to show a little grin.

The puppy licked her face. She giggled!
She acted silly, like a child.
She rubbed his ears. He wagged his tail!
And, through my tears, I saw her smile.

I sat and watched them play together
Unit my staying time was done.
I told her he would come back with me.
She smiled and said, "I love you, son".

As I stepped out into the hallway
A row of wheelchairs all lined up!
Small, pleading faces asked politely
If they could kindly touch my pup!

So, one by one, I let them hold him
And watched as they laughed with delight.
They giggled as he licked their faces
And then they squeezed and held him tight.

That night in bed, beneath the covers,
Contented smile upon my face,
I contemplated all that happened
And what had really taken place.

I came to realize the answer...
That it is one of life's true facts;
We all need something there to love us
And we need something to love back.
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 08-22-99 11:42 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

This has to be one of the most beautiful poems of yours that I've read Bal! I only hope that if I ever have to see my parents in a nursing home, that I can bring a smile to their face!
(PS, this reminds me of a report I saw that showed nursing homes "adopting" kittens. It proved to be a great moral boost for the patients there. I think it's like you showed here, we all need to love, as much as we need to be loved!)



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2 posted 08-22-99 11:55 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thank you, Christopher. I agree completely. This is actually a true story...didn't happen to me but to friend of mine who told me about it. Of course, I had to write it down.
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3 posted 08-23-99 01:56 AM       View Profile for redwriter1   Email redwriter1   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for redwriter1

The scrawny, wet, starving kitten that showed up on my doorstep today, thanks you.
(p.s. he's warm and fed and dry now)
Rescuing others from pain is a an opportunity for joy unknown to most.



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4 posted 08-23-99 03:05 AM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Revered Elder, this one made me misty. That's no small feat. I know well the healing power of animals and the unconditional love they give. Again I say, well done.

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5 posted 08-23-99 03:26 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

So true and there was me trying not to cry but the tears and the smiles of the memories you brought back gave rise to one more rainbow...:-))

In our hospitals they try to have a volunteer bring round a dog every so often as stroking an animal is thought to bring positive thoughts and help people to heal much faster..

HUGS

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'Deer

Nice poem. It reminded me of my mother and sister, who have about a gazillion animals. My mom is 85 now, and as alert and active as she ever was, even with a recent hip surgery. Maybe animals are OK *g*.
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7 posted 08-23-99 08:07 AM       View Profile for Lorelei54   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lorelei54

Very sweet and tender...makes me think of my 98 year old Grandmother who is in a home, phyically in fair condition, but no longer at home mentally....I don't get to see her often...but, I love her with all my heart. She probally shaped who I am as much as my parents did.
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8 posted 08-23-99 08:09 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Great job, 'Deer one!!! I'm lucky in that my Dad is still able to care for himself... but I've seen the difference in his spirits from being there alone to having pets to care for. Not only do we need to share love... we need to be needed. *S*
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Isn't it amazing the effect that pets can have on people?

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
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10 posted 08-23-99 10:55 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
You hit the nail on the head
The pet a day that you said.
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My mother [in law] is not in a home; she's in her home, and at 90, sometimes this is a marvel indeed. I know that while she doesn't want the responsibility of a dog or a cat, she's simply thrilled when we bring our Abby over for "treats and pets". I think she runs on that adrenaline for two or three days, at best. A wonderful message, and a fine service you've done, Balladeer, for letting others know the way we can better our health [and others] through the love of our pets.

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12 posted 08-23-99 01:41 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

I liked this one a lot, Balladeer. Glad to hear how happy your friend's mom and her nursing-home companions are now. What a story!

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*Elizabeth*

"Dwelt a maid belov'd and cherish'd by high and low,
But with autumn leaf she perish'd, long time ago..."
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You just keep getting better & better! God has given you the greatest talent! Keep it up!
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14 posted 08-23-99 02:53 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thank you all for your kind compliments.

I will, Deb. Thank you.
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I understand the story of this poem, old people need to have love and give love...but it's world wide, don't you think? When we feel blue and one of our pets comes over and looks at us saying "I love you no matter what", it makes our day brighter. Unconditional love....only the young, the old and a very few special people are able to give that!

Balladeer, your words inspire, delight and move me! A talent like yours is something as rare as unconditional love. Thank you!
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How very true.Happy writing.
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Smilin' through my tears. That poem hits very close to home. My mother-in-law was in a nursing home until July of this year. Her mind, too, had slipped away. My husband was able to take a few days off and went to Alabama to see her. He turned out to be her "puppy" and it was the best day that she had had in months. He was so overjoyed to get a glimpse of the mother he knew and loved. She passed away a few days after he returned home.
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Balladeer,Simply beautiful. And so on top of the situation. marty
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19 posted 11-16-2007 11:58 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

You have no idea what these visiting animals actually do for the people living in these places, they are a wonderful addition to the programs for the aged.
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20 posted 11-16-2007 03:29 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

I agree, Sharon. I've seen them in action.

People have no idea how much good YOU do there,either. Still with the ladies?
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I can't believe that you cheated my tears out this time with other people's life experience.

You certainly have a poetic heart and of course a very kind one to catch all the details.

I spent last two months taking care of my mother day and night. Tried all kind of jokes to make her laugh ( I did, almost daily) which no doubt helped her recover sooner from her stroke and slow her early stage of Alzheimer. I don't mind that now and then if not sleeping well , she could not recognize me.  She is 84 yr. Now you know that I am well old enough to lecture you      

and that is why I took serious matter with a lighted heart and I tried to tease you and others because I believe that a good laughter is the best medicine to heal physical and mental suffering. And A happier heart will smooth the past and bright the future.  And I do wish all kind people happy.

I still can't believe that you cheated out my
tears...lot of them.  Well, it is not the first time that you cheat good people.

Tom

[This message has been edited by TomMark (12-26-2007 06:06 PM).]

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I LOVE this!!!! its so true! amazing poem!
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23 posted 01-19-2008 06:09 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Tom, I'm sure you meant cheat in the right way and I thank you for the kind words  and you sre right about laughter.

Jaki H....I thank you and welcome you to the site
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Strange thing happened now ... in almost five years that I am a PIP member I had never ever clicked on Today's Topics and now I am here in tears!!!
Open poetry 1!! 1999, wow!

I think your poem is a wonderful lesson of love, dear Balladeer!

Some memories surfaced. I have visited loved ones in those places. Even if they were well looked after in nice homes, they all craved their own home where they could no longer live on their own.

I enjoyed finding your words here now.
Pets are almost vital I think! At every age, but mostly so for children and aged lonely people.
I think I'll go and hug my sweet cat and tell her your story ...

love
Margherita
 
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