The night nurse keeps watch, listens for the unwelcome sounds that break the silence of the night, the cough, the gasp, the gurgle, the cry for help. Or sometimes it is to struggle with the large, female, patient, a 76-year-old retired nurse who rails against her loss of control. After her surgery she still feels that her organs are at war with each other and being pulled apart. So, she complains, curses at nurses, and becomes stubborn.But, on the other hand a deep soul wrenching sadness... more
The illusive lingering of lifeas mind moves offand away into realmsof imagination and discontentmemory cannot holdwhat measure of accomplishmentor dignity remainsTumbling like a house of cardsthe myths that gave meaningto our empty daysuntil only a shadow of sanguine self remainsto taste the kissof life’s last lascivious lover.