Who Cares?

Who Cares?

Who cares
For the caregiver? 
Pained and weary
But must deliver
Quietly absorbing
another’s pain 
Shouldering the weight
Suffering the bane
 
Does anyone ask
How you are feeling? 
Bring me this, don’t do that 
Can’t they see, you’re reeling? 
Tired from journeying 
Several times a day
Waiting, watching
Hurry up and stay
 
Observing from the perimeter
Of the hospital room
Nurses and doctors 
And aides, none of whom
Will ask how you are, or
anything they can do
Can you come again at noon?
There’s something you must do
 
It’s a thankless task
You do out of love
Your kindness unnoticed
misplaced like a lost glove
Excuses made 
Even when things are better
A convenient punching bag
tied down with a fetter
 
Paradise lost 
What was it worth?
Forgotten dreams
Fallen to earth
Feeling used and abused
but the words can never be said
You are not the one sick
But wishing you were the one dead
 
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

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  24 comments for “Who Cares?

  1. February 16, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Truth!

    • Christine Bolton
      February 16, 2019 at 1:06 pm

      Uh huh! 🙂😢

  2. February 16, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    So true. It’s mostly a back breaking and nerve stretching job. Being strong and selfless is the need.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 16, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      I thought this might resonate with a few people. Thanks Sadje 🙂💕

      • February 16, 2019 at 1:07 pm

        I also think that the caregiver, specially the long term one has a very tough job.

      • Christine Bolton
        February 16, 2019 at 7:05 pm

        Absolutely it is. I have seen it firsthand 😢

      • February 16, 2019 at 8:10 pm

        You are collecting a lot of brownie points.

      • Christine Bolton
        February 16, 2019 at 9:17 pm

        I just feel so bad for these people. Bound by family ties and love yet moe than lily treated like a doormat

      • February 16, 2019 at 9:40 pm

        It is so sad. But then the people they are caring for, they haven’t much of a choice either. It’s a situation where a person can only go through with lot of grit and determination.

      • Christine Bolton
        February 16, 2019 at 9:46 pm

        Yes, you are absolutely right Sadje. I think they are unsung heroes.

      • February 16, 2019 at 11:54 pm

        Absolutely right.

  3. February 16, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Sontrue! Caregiving is underrecognized and a hefty service.💗

    • Christine Bolton
      February 16, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      Yes it is! 😢

  4. Em
    February 16, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Ah, so true!

  5. February 16, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    i have some caregivers really burn out and yet carry out because it is duty and love. these are the real silent warriors and heroes, a beautiful tribute to those who love unselfishly. really love this Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      February 16, 2019 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you so much Gina. Those people are angels, or as you say, silent warriors. I really feel for them 😔

  6. February 16, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Perfect post, so true of many caregivers.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 16, 2019 at 9:19 pm

      Thank you Hélène 🙂💕

  7. February 16, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Caregivers suffer, often in silence, as you’ve pointed out. Who cares, indeed.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 16, 2019 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks V.J. 🙂💕

  8. February 18, 2019 at 2:21 am

    So many in that situation, so well portrayed.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 18, 2019 at 9:12 am

      Thank you Paul 🙂

      • February 18, 2019 at 9:31 am

        most welcome

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