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The urban legend is that this poem was written by an elderly woman in a nursing home and was discovered after she died.  But it was actually written by a Scottish nurse and distributed widely.  (time of the video 3:47)

How the legend came about:

https://www.sundaypost.com/news/uk-news/the-true-story-behind-the-cranky-old-man-internet-poem-that-has-become-world-famous/

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He’d lost some weight; his skin stuck to his skull
As plastic wrap will fit each hollow place,
And shape itself ’round all that’s sharp or dull.
His bone was now his hair, and cheek, and face.

My presence did not wake him from a nap.
I touched him, though, since consciousness I sought,
And he, still fresh within that thinnest wrap,
Was crisp like lettuce in his speech and thought.

His packaging I did not sorrow o’er;
Though frail as butterflies, he had his health.
Instead, I left, exulting all the more
Since he was in his mind and thus his wealth.

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© Dennis Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2016.

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doctor and her patient (Lillian)


Nursing Home – A Haiku Chronicle

(Feb.24, 2012)

Perfect storm
Of factors at once
Point one way.

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Reaction
When told him the news –
“That sounds good.”

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Mixed signals:
What’s taking so long?
Don’t want to.

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Checking in,
Piles of paperwork –
New roommate.

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Busyness;
New, discordant sounds.
Upsetting?

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I describe
Because he can’t see –
Almost blind.

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He ate well.
I fed him each bite.
Will the staff?

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But I saw
When I fed him lunch,
A cheek’s tear.

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For Mother
65 years wed –
Lonely bed.

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I did well
Till the long trip home –
Feelings welled.

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photo by Susan Sermoneta (Susan NYC) via Flickr

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* The haiku I write are lines of 3-5-3 syllables instead of 5-7-5.
See Haiku article here for explanation, if needed:

https://thebardonthehill.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/haiku/

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© Dennis Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2012.

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