Her strong voice commanded

Strength, direction, and sureness

Followed by a hint of kindness

At the beginning of

our medical interview

Prior to surgery

in a teaching hospital.

As things progressed

her voice and eyes


Becoming clouded with interest

and hauntings

Of a berceuse, a

lullaby of caring concern.

In the end we were given

gifts of her personal art

Hugged gently

And ushered out into the cruel

and waiting world

with renewed buoyancy

and hope for tomorrow.

January 25, 2014 Crystal Lake Florida ~ escorted by dear friend assisting medical procedure procurements at the University of Florida Teaching Hospital. Frightened out of my mind, am I.