Lives We Taper

Prompt word: Taper


“People are like stained glass windows; they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within….Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Throughout our lives we taper

We toil and we try

To find our way to better lives

Someday we will ask why


This day I speak of comes for all

This day that we all dread

We never want to think of this

Laying helpless in a bed




When our time has come to go

With Angels by our side

The earthly Angels giving care

Emotions they can’t hide


I witnessed this for many years

Hospice nurse also a friend

So ill and yet their strength came through

 Not wanting life to end

Nurse Compassion







The nurses job all night and day

To give the family rest

Respite, Hospice home or not

We try to give our best


When their time is drawing near

Loved ones cannot withstand

The Hospice nurse will be right there

Holding you with outstretched hands.


Retired now I do reflect

Of days and nights so long

I would not change a thing today

Memories, smiles and songs

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