THE LITTLE NURSE

The little nurse
not much taller than the cart she pushed
up and down the corridors
stopped frequently —
read charts and opened drawers
containing a variety of pills.
She then dispensed the designated medications
and patients’ needs were tended to.

When she first conceived that she might be a nurse
could  she have fathomed
her life would be like this?

I wondered when she came to me
with countenance so pleasing
and handed me a cup of water —
but I never asked her.

I no longer need her ministrations
but seem to have a need to think of her:
the little nurse
not much taller than the cart she pushed.

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