Dr John Celes (14-2-1957 / Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India)
A Nightingale Sings…
I yearned to be a special bird
That sings a human song!
The nightingale was my first choice,
My dream and wish for long.
I read there lived a Nightingale
– ‘The lady with the lamp! ’
She took care of the maimed soldiers,
And sick who reached her camp.
I heard she was a noble soul,
Who toiled for ill brethren;
She was the founder of Nursing,
And turned the hell, heaven!
I joined a School of Nursing and
Learnt art of care of sick;
I donned the white cap, nurses wear,
And learnt to dress and prick.
I took the ‘Oath of Nightingale’,
To serve the sick with love;
It was my life’s happiest moment
– God gave me from above!
My life was one of sacrifice,
Reducing pain and ills;
I’ve joined a noble profession
That satisfaction fills.
I have to be always patient,
And learn to wear a smile;
I say kind words, explaining things,
And hear to woes awhile!
I come across all types of men,
Women, children diseased;
I see a lot of suffering souls,
Some till they get deceased!
I’m glad God chose me for this work,
That’s noble to the core;
It fills my heart with joy to see
All healthier, people more!
Though nurses, doctors help to heal,
God is the healer prime;
He hears the pleas of stricken souls,
And cures them in His time.
The Potter God made us clay-pots,
With love and equal care;
We ought to fill up to the brim
– Be His best earthen-ware!
God will reward my work on earth
With health, wealth, happiness;
I thank God for this glorious birth
To serve Him in excess!
Poet's Notes about The Poem
Comments about this poem (A Nightingale Sings… by Dr John Celes )
People who read Dr John Celes also read
Top 500 Poems
The Road Not Taken
If You Forget Me
Still I Rise
Edgar Allan Poe
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
William Ernest Henley