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The Nursing Home....request by Lost Dreamer

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Balladeer
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0 posted 11-06-1999 07:50 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
Munda
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1 posted 11-06-1999 07:54 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

How very true Balladeer. My Mom's been in a nursing home for too long....this gave me goose-pimples.
Lost Dreamer
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2 posted 11-06-1999 07:58 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Thank-You Balladeer I really liked this poem and thought many others would enjoy it too. It's wonderful the different ways that love can be expressed. Seems animals have a way to do it unconditionally and that's what makes it special.
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3 posted 11-06-1999 07:59 PM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

So true...well done ya old roach....(Do you ever write a rotten rhyme?)
Denise
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4 posted 11-06-1999 07:59 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Another tear jerker. This is very touching. Nothing like unconditional love!

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5 posted 11-06-1999 08:06 PM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

Uncoditional love and a warm disposition...nothing like puppy love! Loved this one!

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Illusion...what we see and what we do...it's all up to you.
WhtDove
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6 posted 11-06-1999 08:10 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Wow! I'm impressed! This is so true, sad, and beautiful! It's a treasure!
Martie
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7 posted 11-06-1999 08:40 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Balladeer, you have such a way with words and to point those arrows into the heart of importance.
Iloveit
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8 posted 11-08-1999 11:31 AM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

will ditto martie on this one, great verse beautiful heart
Marilyn
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9 posted 11-08-1999 04:59 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

Sir Balladeer you verse always touches me. I see depth in you that amazes me. Keep them coming my friend.
Balladeer
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10 posted 11-08-1999 05:02 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 having the same feeling reading it as I had writing it. You are special people indeed.
RainbowGirl
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11 posted 11-08-1999 05:51 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Bal: There's a huge heart lurking under your words..

HUSG

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You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
caroline
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12 posted 11-08-1999 07:08 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

One of my very favorites from your works
thanks for posting it again! I could read it over and over and over...and will!

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"Tread softly, for I have spread my dreams under your feet"~~William Butler Yeats

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13 posted 04-25-2004 07:58 PM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

okay...now I would like to request a repost, please?
 
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