do you see, nurse, what do you see?
What are you thinking when you're looking
A crabby old woman, not very wise,
Uncertain of habit, with far
dribbles her food and makes no reply
When you say in a loud voice, "I do
wish you'd try?"
Who seems not to notice the things that you do,
forever is losing a stocking or shoe.
resisting or not, lets you do as you will.
With bathing and feeding, the
long day to fill,
Is that what you're thinking? Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse, you're not looking at me.
tell you who I am as I sit here so still,
As I use at your bidding, as I
eat at your will.
I'm a small child of ten with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters, who love one another.
young girl of sixteen, with wings on her feet,
Dreaming that soon now a lover
A bride soon at twenty, my heart gives a leap,
the vows that I promised to keep.
twenty-five now, I have young of my own,
Who need me to guide, and a secure
A woman of thirty, my young now grown fast,
Bound to each
other with ties that should last.
forty my young sons have grown and are gone,
But my man's beside me to see
I don't mourn.
At fifty once more babies play around my knee,
we know children, my loved one and me.
days are upon me, my husband is dead,
I look at the future, I shudder with
For my young are all rearing young of their own,
And I think
of the years and the love that I've known.
now an old woman and nature is cruel,
'Tis just to make old age look like
The body, it crumbles, grace and vigor depart,
There is now
a stone where I once had a heart.
inside this old carcass a young girl still dwells,
And now and again my battered
I remember the joys, I remember the pain,
And I'm loving
and living life over again.
think of the years, all too few, gone too fast,
And accept the stark fact
that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, nurses, open and see,
a crabby old woman, look closer - see ME!!
this poem when you next meet an old person. We will one day be there too! Love
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things.