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In the care centre
Of this retirement village
I am surrounded by suffering,
Some with Parkinsons,
Some with heart and/or lung disease,
Carrying their life-saving oxygen,
Some dealing with the devastating aftermath of strokes.
Those who pass over in their sleep
Or suddenly from heart failure
Are greatly envied by those suffering and left behind.
Many pray for release,
None are afraid,
All are at peace.
I am like the proverbial fly on the wall,
Watching, waiting…
Admiring the human spirit in the face of adversity…
And wishing I could heal the sick and the suffering!

Image: by Frogshell2 –
©DGA 15.05.2011 08:50

Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people! I am back after a break. Thanks for still being here, if you are! Missed you! xxx

16 thoughts on “SUFFERING

  1. This is why we need to legalize euthanasia. It’s ridiculous to prolong this suffering.

    Let them die in peace.


  2. Thank you for posting this. I enjoyed reading it very much. Checking up on peoples poetry and writing is something I do often. I try to keep up with today’s trends so I’m more active in the writing community. Thanks again for sharing this.


  3. Oh that is sad 😦


  4. Your words raise the age-old question of whether quality of life is more important than life itself, Adee. I believe it is, but it’s a difficult one in practice


  5. having volunteered in such a facility the feelings are all too real…i wish i could heal as well…but i am happy in their joy, when they find it…


    • There is such a wonderful feeling of camaraderie among many of the patients, Brian, and a lovely sense of humour at times too. I have found the experience very humbling and, at the same time, so good for my soul.


  6. This is an amazing poem, Adeeyoyo: and it is the fact that everyone there is at peace that amazes me and makes me hope that perhaps we are given the tools we need when the time comes.


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