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Sitting in wheel chairs
Lined up in a row
Just staring in space
They've nowhere to go
Vacant faces...empty eyes
People scurrying past
Ignoring their cries

Most are alone now
No one to lean on
They call out to loved ones
Long dead and gone
There is no present...only the past
Recalling their youth
While their memories last

When you rush down the corridor
As you hasten to leave
And you feel a gnarled hand
As it tugs on your sleeve
Hold it tight...give them a smile
They'd be so grateful
if you stayed awhile

Is there NO ONE who
Will hear their cry?
They did not choose
This long goodbye
Yet here they sit
And I wonder
...WHY?


------
Grandma Bea


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The following comments are for "The Long Goodbye"
by Beatrice Boyle

The Long Goodbye
So sad this, but well told. reminds me of a thought oft had, that unless we learn to recognise both the young and the elderly as ourselves, appreciate their wisdom and treat them with kindness and dignity, then we are, as a race, f****d. emotionally acute piece, with an important message. thanks for this.

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: November 14, 2006 )

Thanks Shannon
There is nothing lonelier than outliving your friends and family...with no one to care what happens to you.

Between my mother and mother-in-law, I have been inside of enough nursing homes to see first hand the misery that abides there...even for those who DO have family. It's even worse for Altzeimers patients and their caregivers. They have absolutely nothing to look forward to.

How fortunate we poets are...no matter how old we live to be, we have something to look forward to each new day...the thrill of writing something new that we can share with all of you.

Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: November 15, 2006 )

Thanks Wanda
Thanks so much for the rating Wanda...it's good to be back!

Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: November 15, 2006 )

lest we forget....
Bea,

I was the first to comment on this when you posted it over two years ago and the sad thing is that a lot of the same people will be sitting in the same place with no families to care for them.

It's not just the homes either, Joan is a carer in peoples houses and sometimes the only person they see is a care worker. One such gentleman is termally ill with throat cancer, almost bedridden, fed through a tube. Has lived with no legs for years) and used to be mobile and active.

He wa a colonel in the army, now he waits to die with only a television to keep him company (and he's not interested in that, or anything anymore). We've just had rememberance day....'lest we forget'.... most people have.

Ivor

( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: November 18, 2006 )

Ivor & Lucie...
Thanks guys for reading this again. I thought it was time to remind people again that there but for the grace of God go all of us...and to take a moment to spread some cheer to those that are in dire need of it.

Love ya both
Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: November 20, 2006 )

THE LONG GOODBYE
Your thoughts touched my heart so deep and brought tears. I was going to be a nurse and was a nurse's aid (in training). I was assigned to the elderly ward. After completing my duties, I would stay and visit with the patients and listen to their wonderful family stories. When I returned on any given day, the patient was "expired". I dispise that word. At times, I would see no relatives come to visit and thought how sad. None of my family ever went to a nursing home, they always lived with us to be cared for. They deserve better than that. They gave so much of themselves to make our lives better and we honor them by putting the elderly into a nursing home. Such a waste and the families who do this are the real losers. I wasn't a member 2 years ago and I am so very grateful that you posted it again. Whether they sit in wheel chairs or "Magical Rocking Chairs", the elderly are rich in stories about family history, tradition, faith and love. Could you look into their loving eyes and turn away? Bless you for this! PaulaAnne

( Posted by: PaulaAnne [Member] On: December 5, 2006 )

The Long Goodbye
Thanks PaulaAnn...I pray that I or my loved ones, will not have to be in that position.

Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: December 6, 2006 )





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