Supine – A poem
Have you ever been inspired by a poem? There are two particular ones that resonate with me, probably because I work (in the main) with the elderly. The first is “What do you see, nurse, what do you see? A poem said to be found in the locker of an elderly lady who passed away in nursing home and is about abuse and neglect. When I struggle to get through a day in the aged care wards of the hospital I recite this poem to remind me why I am there and what I am in the business of preventing. The second is called “When I am old I shall wear purple” by Jenny Jospeh and is about rebellion against stereotypes of older people. Here is my contribution:-
Terminal but not yet dead
I lie here taking up one hospital bed
You dont want me and I cant go home
So I lie here in the urine seeped gloam.
Resusitation is such a pain
My demise would be someone’s gain.
I’m on my way out so you call code blue
Am I better off dead because I’m a burden to you?
But I wont give up I’ll put up a fight
I refuse to walk the tunnel into the light
Don’t you see I want to stay alive
Repell the darkness of the final death dive
Because I am a mother, a lover and a wife
I love my family and cherish my life.
Supine I lie here on your hospital bed
Terminal but not yet dead.