Angels in white

Published - May 12, 2015 12:25 am IST

He collapsed in pain, unable to bear

Thought he would die, face writ with fear

The wailing ambulance and the cold wheelchair

From the comfort of home, to intensive care

Oxygen, saline, IV morphine

Put him to sleep, as the stents were put in

High-tech medicine worked overtime

His family sat stunned, by sudden shift of paradigm.

As morphine made him sleep sound

A set of angels hovered around

Their sharp eyes watched the monitor screen

Unperturbed by the beep and din

At his slightest moan and groan

They calmed him in a comforting tone

Whenever he opened his confused eyes

Those white-capped angels were there

For the next two days, and following night

Critical he was, but hope was in sight

By the weekend, he slowly improved

The crisis was over, surely beyond doubt

He thanked the doctors before he left

He believed their hands were ‘magical’ and ‘deft’

He thanked the great almighty God

‘Nothing happens without his supervision and nod’

He just forgot one little thing

Those Angels in the intensive wing

He knew them as nurses, without a name

In white uniform they all looked the same

Next time, in hospital, you do recover

Thank your stars, those angels were there

Do not forget, that they did not sleep,

because they knew, you have promises to keep

Scanners and manners in hospital are cold

Adds up to patients' tension untold

The smile of the nurse is the only hope

That helps patients fight back and cope

Nurses deserve a special ‘thanks’

For supporting us, on life’s slippery planks

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