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Medic's Memories

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0 posted 08-31-99 01:42 AM       View Profile for startin_fresh   Email startin_fresh   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for startin_fresh

Medic's Memories

Flashing of lights in my head
Remembering faces of those in pain
Sirens wailing in my ears.
Oh I hate to remember.

The faces of those who died
Are kept locked deep within
Dreams, Nightmares be gone.
Morning come swift to me.

The squealing of tires before
I ever arrived on the scene
Broken glass and bent metal
The hulks lie broken open.

Smells of fuel and death
To nothing does it compare.
Metal saws and sledge hammers
Prying people from their cars

A man and woman slumped
Over the wheel and dash
Oh God, say it isn't so--
A child there in the rear.

Let go of me and let me work!
I can save him, mend him.
Let go of me and let me be
There is something I can do.

Not one, but two wee ones:
One underneath the other
Partner pulls me from the wreck
Drags me back to the unit

Let it go, they are gone
Nothing else you can do.
Work on the driver over there
He's drunk and combative.

Give me the strength to save him
I know that he's the reason
That this family ceases to exist
But save him I must

Sun rising overhead
The warmth heats sore muscles
Home now to sleep and rest
But it won't come easy.

New shift upon me
As i walk into the station
Not so eager to get started
Memories of the night before

There's a different feeling today
As if no tragedy had occurred
Quiet for hours on end
A time to relax and wait

A call to respond , Signal 14
A baby is ready to be born
Sirens scream loudly warning
People to get out of the way

Arrive in the nick of time
Baby is being born
No time for hospitals
Babies don't know to wait.

When all seems so bad
Then something occurs
A miracle, a new life
Is born into this world.

Mom holds baby on her
I busily attend to them.
The cries are now of joy
Another shift is over.

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Tara Simms
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since 08-12-99
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Honea Path, SC USA

1 posted 08-31-99 01:48 AM       View Profile for Tara Simms   Email Tara Simms   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Tara Simms's Home Page   View IP for Tara Simms

I think you've captured the paradox well. Just when you feel there is no reason to go on, you are reminded of the magic life holds.

I think this is my favorite writing of yours.
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2 posted 08-31-99 05:30 AM       View Profile for INclan   Email INclan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for INclan

Well done Startin_fresh. Welcome to Passions. I have close friends that do that same job and my wife is an ER nurse. Been there, done that! Kids are always the worst! Keep an eyes on Hoot_Owl_rn. She is also an ER nurse and ... understands.

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very moving...thank you for sharing


May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
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