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Retirement Time

“a little time to give... a little time to live, time always means so much” Before I knew it, I could retire, everyone said it would be so great, Having nursed for 37 years I got full pension so I took the bait. The first few weeks I slept in and did things I never had time to do, Then I found those things got boring, the time no longer flew. First I did the self-help thing, got into exercise and joined a Gym, Started a new diet, lost 65 pounds, boy I actually looked slim. Got a new hair cut and colour, went out and bought new clothes, Thought I’d become a better human being, but then who knows. Signed up for a watercolour class to improve how I painted, This transformation somehow made me feel somewhat tainted. I expanded my horizon with broadway shows and art displays, Yet my retired life felt empty, I seemed to be wasting my days. So I sat down and thought about what it is that I truly love, What fulfills my soul - I had to give my brain a little shove. Returning to basics, at the bedside is where I want to be, I decided to volunteer at a hospice, palliative care is for me. Supporting dying people and their family, to be caring is all I want, Listening to their struggles and life’s stories always continues to haunt. Working at Day Hospice we provide support for the respite stay, In addition I visit patients at home, so the caregiver can get away. The touch of a hand, the warmth of a hug is so very little to give, These people have limited time, only a few days or hours to live. Often unsettled before the person dies, they need to tie up loose ends, So I do whatever is required, for the person who wants to make amends. If I can make a person’s last moments, ones that are filled with peace, Comforting the family, sitting quietly as the person’s last breaths cease. My life will not be wasted and I no longer have the urge to read MacBeth, My retirement and work at hospice allows me to love my patients to death. Written by Lee Ramage August 30, 2011 For A Rambling Poet’s contest “A Poem- Please” Placement- 4th

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  1. Date: 9/3/2011 3:52:00 AM
    A Fourth Place Win Congratulations. CR

  1. Date: 8/31/2011 6:25:00 PM
    Awesome Lee, a true portrait of how life does not have to end after retirement, but it can if we let it! Congrats on your win, lovely poem.

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 8/31/2011 10:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Tim. I think I have done more good in the last year than in the last 20... thanks for providing the kind comments. Lee
  1. Date: 8/31/2011 5:36:00 PM
    Sentiment great of the nurse in you, the helper talker sweet, yes babe it is the thing to do, give worth to the dying sleep, the lonely path is helped by you, by the angels of your sort, you help to take away the blue, good little mate, will not fall short!

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 8/31/2011 10:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Don for taking the time to provide such kind rhyme. Your time and thoughts are greatly appreciated. Lee
  1. Date: 8/30/2011 7:47:00 PM
    wonderful write!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CONGRATULATIONS on your win!!!!!!!!----Lori

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 8/30/2011 11:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Lori, greatly appreciate you taking the time to comment. Lee
  1. Date: 8/30/2011 4:30:00 PM
    Congrats Lee on a wonderful win so well deserved for this magnificent poetry luv.. making great use of retirement years is key to great living luv.. we will soon know as hubby is talking about it incessantly on vacation.. and he is only 57 ..oh..

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 8/30/2011 6:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much for your kind words. I am only 55 but I was lucky my Dad insisted I join the pension plan when I was 19 yr old so I could collect it fully now... if Dad was here I'd give him the biggest kiss, have a great vacation... try the black negligee... ;) Lee
  1. Date: 8/30/2011 2:47:00 PM
    Lee, your love is evident in this beauty.. Congratulations on a well deserved win ;) love Wilma

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 8/30/2011 6:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Wilma, my pts give more to me than I do to them, appreciate your comments. Lee
  1. Date: 8/30/2011 1:44:00 PM
    congrats on a well deserved glowing award! grrreat stuff,lee... : ) huggs

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 8/30/2011 6:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Nette. Much appreciated. Lee
  1. Date: 8/30/2011 12:02:00 PM
    Congrats on your win, Lee. Awesome write. God bless you and those others who perform this service. Nice going. Thanks for your comments on my recent postings. Take care. luv Ralph

  1. Date: 8/30/2011 11:06:00 AM
    hey Lee congrats on your win,well written.. David

  1. Date: 8/30/2011 10:25:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in Constance's "A Poem, Please" contest Lee. Love, Carol

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 8/30/2011 10:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Carol. Lee
  1. Date: 8/30/2011 12:31:00 AM
    more power to ya! loving someone in death is one of the most noble things a person can do, imho... live on and write ON! preesh the write more than feeble words can express, Lee. Namaste ~N

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 8/30/2011 12:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for taking the time to provide the kind comments. Lee
  1. Date: 8/29/2011 11:27:00 PM
    wow! Lee, Enjoyed the way you took charge... a bit sad, on certain situations... but, i love the love you have inside... thanks for shairng,..p.d.

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 8/29/2011 11:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I guess it is sad but that's life and I was just honest...maybe too much? Thanks for taking the time to provide me feedback. Love Lee