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The Nursing Home..........repost by request

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Balladeer
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0 posted 09-24-2000 01:14 AM       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 2000 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
ggrn3
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1 posted 09-24-2000 01:26 AM       View Profile for ggrn3   Email ggrn3   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ggrn3

Oh Mr. 'Deer
Your tender side can really bring a tear to the eye.  This was excellent.  I hope you don't mind if I print this one.  My grandmother would really like this.

Garfield
vlraynes
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Somewhere... out there...


2 posted 09-24-2000 01:29 AM       View Profile for vlraynes   Email vlraynes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit vlraynes's Home Page   View IP for vlraynes


balladeer-
   wow...responding with tear-filled eyes.
   this is so beautiful, and so touching.
   how true it is, that we not only need to
   be loved, but also to love.    God's
   creatures are so easy to love, and they
   love us back unconditionally.  thanks so
   much for sharing this.  

   -vicky


"...until you have read the verse on his
heart, you have not truely met the poet."
-vlraynes


Elizabeth Santos
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3 posted 09-24-2000 06:47 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

This is a beautiful poem, andI have seen such stories on TV where patients have actually improved with visit from animals, which give absolute unconditional love.
This poem pulled a few heartstrings
Liz
Kethry
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4 posted 09-24-2000 09:03 AM       View Profile for Kethry   Email Kethry   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kethry

'Deer

winsomely awesome



Kethry


"It is the image in the mind that links us to lost treasures;
but it is the loss that shapes the image,
gathers the flowers weaves the garland."-
Marge Tindal
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5 posted 09-24-2000 10:23 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Balladeer~
This one touches me again.
An area nursing home has official once-a-month Critter Days ...
it is such a pleasure to take my little
Toy Pomeranian and let her dispense kisses
all over the place.

'Dallas' loves it and the kisses are returned
over and over again.

Shucks, the administrators of the home don't
even care if Dallas and I stop by weekly -
which we usually try to do !
The joy in sharing this little critter's
love always leaves me smiling too !

Wonderful poem, Balladeer.
You touch my heart.
'We all need something there to love us
And we need something to love back.'

Love ya'
~*Marge*~


~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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Toerag
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6 posted 09-24-2000 11:19 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

My oh my.....he ain't lost his touch...fine work ya old bugkiller......
2dalimit
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7 posted 09-24-2000 02:44 PM       View Profile for 2dalimit   Email 2dalimit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for 2dalimit

Dear Balladeer,
I too had the same experience. My mother was in the home for only 16 months when I lost her. I vented part of my grief here as my first poem at Passions. Since then (the Dog) has also passed away.
Thanks for the beautiful memories of both of them.
Melton
Irie
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8 posted 09-24-2000 02:48 PM       View Profile for Irie   Email Irie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irie

I remember this one!
You know, I think I might go visit my Great Grandmother  who's 99 years old and take my son along to visit with them all.
The last time they all grew smiles!  
Thanks 'deer, I love this one ya' know!


~Sheri

[This message has been edited by Irie (edited 09-24-2000).]
Janet Marie
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9 posted 09-24-2000 03:03 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

you just need to be kissed for  this one...
*smooch**smooch* ..and one for the pooch..
oh when you write wisdom we all get wiser..
love this gift from your pen Michael ...
so cool are you  
later-gentle-poet-gator
me
Mark Bohannan
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10 posted 09-24-2000 03:09 PM       View Profile for Mark Bohannan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mark Bohannan

A man with a greater heart I have never known.  I commend you on just being you and offer my heart felt thanks for allowing this cowboy a reason to tear up.  
Kit McCallum
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11 posted 09-24-2000 04:06 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Oh boy ... you got my tears going Michael ... I'm having a sad puppy day today, and you just got me goin' again, in a lovely, sweet and tender way though. Have I told you how much I love your writing?  

Best wishes,
/Kit
inot2B
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12 posted 09-24-2000 06:30 PM       View Profile for inot2B   Email inot2B   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for inot2B

Balladeer you have forever sealed my devotion.
I did not know that you could bring to my heart so much emotion.
Never again will I believe bad stuff they write about you.
Thank you for opening your heart and giving us a view.
Balladeer
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13 posted 09-24-2000 07:14 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Gaefield....I would be honored and thank you!

Vicky...yes, they are...they are the true epitome of unconditional love (with the exception of my ex-wife who was a dog but lacked that particular quality   )

Liz...thenk you so much for responding. Yes, this is ondeed based on fact...

Kethry...two words that say it all...thank you!  

Marge...I know that you spend a lot of your time volunteering in nursing homes which just shows how much of a beautiful and giving person you are....as if nobody here knew that ! Thank you, my friend.

Toerag....I figured if I mentioned nursing homes you would appear. When did they let you out?   You have no idea how happy I am to see your name, reprobate!!

Melton....I thank you for your very sincere response and am sorry for your loss.

Irie....I'm sure she would be delighted to see you!! Yes, by all means, go....and thank you.  

Janet Marie...you just have no idea how your wonderful responses make me feel. You are a sweet person and I thank you very much

Mark....My pleasure, sir. Comments from those I admire are extra-special, as yours are.

Kit...I know those sad puppy days   Yes, you have told me but...please don't stop!  


inot2B..thank you SO much for such kind words. I'm sure they will continue villifying me, that being their nefarius nature, but it's nice to know you won't believe them   I appreciate your kindness...

Denise
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14 posted 09-24-2000 11:26 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Yes we do! Very true! This is really sweet, Balladeer!

Denise
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15 posted 09-24-2000 11:33 PM       View Profile for Tennessee Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tennessee Angel

Ah, an area close to my heart as well!  This is a lovely piece full of tenderness and life lessons.  Give more, take less.  Wonderful writing, Balladeer!!  
Temptress
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16 posted 09-25-2000 01:27 AM       View Profile for Temptress   Email Temptress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Temptress

Thanks for reposting this. I enjoyed reading it.  A few poetically appreciative eyes have seen this poem of yours at work since I last read it.   They enjoyed it. Thought you'd like to know.

My name isn't Baby, and I don't want to cyber.
Temptress
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17 posted 09-25-2000 01:27 AM       View Profile for Temptress   Email Temptress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Temptress

Sorry..Can I blame AOL for this stall and then double posting? Is it that easy? Geesh!!

[This message has been edited by Temptress (edited 09-25-2000).]
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18 posted 09-25-2000 07:04 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Hmmmm... I open a poem about nursing homes and find both Balladeer AND Toerag running around in here? *G* RESERVE MY ROOM!!!! (Though I STILL can't catch up with him! *G*)

This is great, Deer one... I remember it well!
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19 posted 09-25-2000 08:44 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I know about this, as I've a friend whose dog volunteered at the local nursing home..."Rags" was the resident "darling" there, until she was forced into retirement due to her disdain for the other dogs there...it's a remarkable thing to see, tho.
Thanks for the smiles...
Irish Rose
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20 posted 10-01-2000 07:30 PM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

This made me want to hug you!!!


Kathleen


linda munday
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21 posted 10-16-2000 06:30 AM       View Profile for linda munday   Email linda munday   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for linda munday

Why do I take so long to look at your poems?
Every one of them has everything you tried to teach me... they're great.
This one however.... is one that I will remember easily.  
Balladeer, pass some of your talent out....man oh man.. you have way too much.
See you around the place,
Linda Munday.
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22 posted 02-25-2008 09:13 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I'm glad you linked to this from a discussion thread...I had missed it! But not now!
 
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