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Thursday, November 5, 2009

I Watched

Pediatric E.R, R.I.P 11/5/09 (Volunteer work can be tough)

I watched…
A heartbreaking scene today
But I couldn’t take
my eyes away

I watched …
I feel shamed to say
I watched
a little girl die today

I watched …
an anguished EMT cry
I watched nurses drawn faces
I watched a little girl die

I watched …
Just outside the doors
The Frantic CPR applied
With frantic, futile force

I watched
Her mother fearfully enter the room
To be seated by her side
To share in her impending doom

I watched
A strange, unsettling scene
Upturned faces as if in prayer
hopefully watch the vitals screen

I watched
A life dissipate and fade
On a bed
That I had newly made

I watched…
At least a half hour they tried
With wondrous machines, marvelous medicines
Yet still, this little girl died

I watched…
Then I heard a small whimpering cry!
But It was only the mother
As she saw her child die

I watched…
Her arms outspread, her mom at her side
Young staring eyes so angelicly appealing
I watched, sadly watched….then I also cried.
David Whalen
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Shirley Hanley 16 November 2009
I'm speechless... Your poem moved my soul... I was there watching with you David. Beautiful. Namaste, Shirley
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