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  • Two Rooms and a Bath

    My unit consists of two rooms and a bath.
    From the outside it looks like the others.
    The folks I belong with, they say, are “assisted”;
    in that sense, we’re sisters and brothers.
    Everyone else has a relative, though,
    or someone on whom they’re relying.
    And I’m all alone! Yes, I do want to live,
    but it’s time I made plans about dying.

    This landmark facility, sheltered by trees,
    has long, twisting, carpeted halls.
    We’re urged to eat meals in the dining rooms, but
    we’re all of us fearful of falls.
    Mobility’s daunting. And I admire those
    who propel their own wheelchairs the most.
    Some folks push rollators; I use a walker;
    and some a swift scooter can boast.

    A World War Two veteran neighbor of mine
    (we honor our vets for their bravery),
    a Johnny Reb's grandson, is wheeling a lady
    whose grandparents lived under slavery.
    Our residents vary by decades in age;
    there are several faiths and ethnicities.
    We have to abide by the schedules and rules,
    and they put up with our eccentricities.

    This roof houses hundreds: the tenants, the staff,
    aides for rooms and to dose medication.
    We’ve nurses, housekeepers, and maintenance crews.
    Of course, there’s the administration.
    We’ve those who prepare and serve food every day,
    three full meals, and they vary the menu.
    It’s an ideal gathering place for events,
    a warm and hospitable venue.

    Activities ranging from walking to bingo,
    from poker to aqua aerobics abound.
    Though this isn’t a zoo, there are animals, too.
    I cuddle the furry pets bouncing around.
    They have exercise here (I should really appear),
    social hour, tai chi, reminiscing.
    They have parties for residents’ birthdays each month
    with ice cream and cake (I’ve been missing).

    “How are YOU?” is the query so frequently asked.
    “I’m just FINE. And YOU?” “FINE,” the reply.
    Both are said with a smile. Both are met with a nod
    of approval. (I wish I could cry.
    I hope they won’t guess that I’m full of distress,
    fear, and grief for my loved ones now gone.
    I have to keep walking, and hug while we’re talking,
    act cheerful and not seem withdrawn.)

    My two rooms and bath are a haven in this
    rambling place; they bring solace to me.
    Other people, I find, are both helpful and kind.
    We're, in more ways than one, "family."
    Communities flourish in cities, on farms,
    in each homeless shelter as well.
    And mine's this diversified, charming abode,
    where friends, newly dear, work and dwell.
    Last edited by Monica Mack; 04-05-2016, 01:05 PM. Reason: I've noted many posts regarding racial tension, wanted to let everybody know that in a place like this, with so many older and disabled folks in pain, racial differences just don't seem to matter one

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    You see! This is a crime that no one has yet tto comment on this beautiful write. My wife and I would visit her Mom in the nursing home and you have captured the experience perfectly. Well done Monica! Bobby Del Boy (Boe Burke)

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    • #3
      This is as touching a prose as I've had the pleasure to read. Kudos to you Monica!

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      • #4
        To Bobby Del Boy (Boe Burke) and to graydon archer: Many thanks for your very kind comments regarding Two Rooms and a Bath. As you can probably tell, this is most definitely nonfiction as well as my first resumption of poetry creation since the tragic death of my last remaining family member! From the room with the gremlin-filled computer, Monica

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        • #5
          I visit my grandmother in assisted living and sometimes while in a nursing home and although she is well taken care of, your poem inspires for all of us to visit people there - there's nothing like human touch. Well expressed!!

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          • #6
            Thank you very much, AlexandratheLate, for your kind comments regarding Two Rooms and a Bath and generally about life in assisted living. I wish your grandmother well! You're so right: There IS nothing like human touch. Monica

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            • #7
              Monica, "gremlin filled computers" are well exorcized with expressions such as that you wrote: Two Rooms and a Bath. Great work!

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              • #8
                Thank you, SMClarkRZ. for your kind words regarding Two Rooms and a Bath! I hope it won't be long before all the gremlins are exorcised, so that I can better access RhymeZone.

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                • #9
                  Beautifully written Monica! Congratulations on your win!

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                  • #10
                    Thank you very much, RhymeLovingWriter (whose own poetry I very much admire!) for your congratulatory note. (I never dreamed it would happen!) Monica

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                    • #11
                      Congrats Monica!! Wonderful. So happy on your well deserved win!!!!!! :-)

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                      • #12
                        Thank you so much, AlexandratheLate, for your congratulations! I honestly never expected Two Rooms and a Bath to be a winner! It's so kind of you to write as you did. I am an admirer of your own wonderful poetry! Monica

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                        • #13
                          Congratulations, Monica! I enjoyed this beautiful and moving poem.

                          All the best,

                          Martin

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                          • #14
                            To M.T. Ranter: I've been away (computer gremlins and other gremlins won). THANK YOU so much for your kind words about this poem. Monica

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                            • #15
                              I was searching such type of post for many days .Very accurate and informative. Love this writer . You are doing great job man.
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