Treasure Island

joseph lonergan

(19th march 1952 / Ireland)

Why Couldn't They See


Why Couldn't they See

My wife arrived she brought it home
She read to me this lovely sad poem
It was all about a lovely old lady
Who since passed away I think just maybe

She lay in hospital old, bent and grey
Her poor heart breaking in hospital she'll stay
The staff at her they could not see
Behind her old winkles she young as can be

There in her sadness she wrote so well
I guess her story she tried to tell
While all around were too blind too see
Here in her bed she so sad too be

She looked to a future with sadness in mind
Thinking the young ones so many unkind
This was for her last night to be
This lovely old lady why couldn't they see

Submitted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Edited: Friday, September 27, 2013

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about an old lady and the young nurses around her

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  • Kelly Zion (4/22/2013 4:49:00 PM)

    Lovely old lady. Reminds me of that song Sing 'Em Good My Friened 'At least for one more night I'ver got a beautiful wrinkled hand to hold.' Sing the truth my friend. (Report) Reply

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