Dear Nurse (for Korrinne)

My Unexcused Life

nurse Portrait by Hubert Beckett via Flickr

Kindness took the watch with no hands
then lent it her own, strong and
filled with love and patience.

Hope took the Cheshire cat with no smile
gave up her lips full and teeth
bright with night’s starlight.

Compassion took the broken body with no bones
built it up with her mighty deeds and
errands run with no pain.

Faith took the severed heart with no love
stitched it up with the silver threads
of her never ending joy and expectation.

Strength took the flame with no heat
and bestowed upon it her sparks
of belief and a higher power enduring.

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