Just Old People
Just old people, they are
languishing in their beds
or propped up in chairs
perking up when a friendly
person greets them
as they pull them back up
in their chairs
or push their flopped
arm or foot back onto the bed
I am quite sure that tired nurse,
that tired assistant,
that tired maintenance man
was friendly for those few minutes
they stopped to chat
or was that just 30 seconds in passing?
And here we are chatting for hours with our friends
sitting in front of another boring TV show,
filing our nails
reading that book for the third time
buying another pair of shoes (instead of a card or flowers
or a picture to hang on their wall or)
We should be ashamed
We probably are
We pick up the phone
no, not our elderly widow or widower who are sitting home
but our best friend
no, not to meet us at the nursing home or assisted living facility
or to go shopping for a card or flowers or
but to meet us at the golf course.
Marcia McLees Bogaert
Written as part of the Stop Abuse project linked below…
Yes, I am normally as guilty as the rest of you…. Let’s not any of us feed our guilt anymore….
I also wrote about three other abuses, links to all four can be found by clicking on the red Stop Abuse banner in the right side bar.
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