Saturday, May 01, 2010

earth, my mother

if
I knew you would hold me
even in darkness

I would not grieve
the last light on the burnished grass

did you send fireflies
to catch my heart
at sunset
and disappear

can you feel
the seasons over us
moving, breathing like seagulls' wings

will you send birds
at dusk
when your arms are open

9 Comments:

Blogger Bluebirdy said...

Your poetry is very healing. I don't know if that's your picture or not (if you took it or not) but it's beautiful. I don't know if you will get a reply I just made to a comment you made, so I'll post it here too. I said:

FIREBIRD---WHY CAN'T ALL HEALTH CARE WORKERS BE AS KIND AND OPEN MINDED AS YOU??? I WISH YOU COULD WRITE A COURSE FOR ALL MEDICAL SCHOOLS ON HOW TO HAVE A GOOD BEDSIDE MANNER...HOW TO TREAT SUFFERING PEOPLE WITH SOME DEGREE OF COMPASSION! I'm worn out from the medical world. I just wish YOU were my health care provider.
HUGS, Sheila

Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 10:38:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Lorraine said...

reaching for the sun, you do..and warm my heart, everytime :)

Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 6:18:00 AM EDT  
Blogger firebird said...

Sheila--thank you so much for your comment--my poems are meant to be healing, at the least they are messages to myself that I feel might be consoling for others also. I'm so glad you see them that way, it makes it worth writing!

As far as the compassion goes--I work every day with people in pain, and even though I never stop believing that compassion and empathy are ABSOLUTE REQUIREMENTS for my job, still some patients wear me down by playing up their disability and suffering to get what they want, whether it is compensation, opiates to sell, time off from work, or just attention...(you know, the ones who you see in the street before the visit smoking and standing up straight, then come into the clinic bent over double!) of course you know better than I do that you are thrown into that same "patient pool" by providers who can't realistically assess your condition. I think for you to get real care and caring, means walking a fine line, kind of like how a female still has to play some tricks to get taken seriously in a male world. Unfortunately, I doubt one could manage this when barely functioning enough to get to the ER--??

It's funny you mention this in a week where I saw three patients for follow-up visits who I am positive are pretending to be disabled...since they are referred to me by their lawyers, I can't directly say that, but it's hard to show them compassion (and makes me exhausted by the end of the day!)

It's a shame you bear the brunt of some providers' feeling that patients are not worthy of caring until their illness is "proven" to be genuine. And then they hate you because they can't cure you, and wish you would just disappear. So common courtesy and kindness goes out the window. Especially if they are overworked.

Sheila, you will always get hugs from me, and if you were my patient I would be terrified at the prospect of not being able to help you, but anyone with a heart and eyes to see into the soul would know you are worth putting in every possible effort, because you do this for others, without holding back!

Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 10:20:00 PM EDT  
Blogger firebird said...

Lorraine--your comments are so poetic! Love when you visit...and what a cute photo!

Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 10:24:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Bluebirdy said...

wow, you really helped me see the Dr. side of it and I really appreciate it. I would have a hard time with those referred by lawyers as well! Unless I saw tests that proved soft tissue or bone damage, I would really not be very tactful or kind. I don't deal well with the public who are dishonest, cheaters, rude, etc. How stupid can a person be to get out of the car in front of your office standing up straight and/or walking fine, then pull out the neck brace and/or crutches and/or bend over when walking in? Gosh, I would NOT be compassionate! That would be VERY draining! My dr. is so good to me, because she knows I take less than what she prescribed, but the doctors who are on call for her are tough to deal with. Thanks for sharing so much!
Blessings, Sheila

Monday, May 3, 2010 at 12:28:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Janice Thomson said...

Would that more saw(and enjoyed) earth as you do.

Hello Firebird - it's been a long time but am finally back though still sporadically as am in the middle of renovations.

Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 8:26:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Devika said...

The world gets so small, when we embrace it all...lovely poem, my bird,

i thought i commented before...anyway, please find time for poetry, dear :)

wishes,
devika

Monday, June 7, 2010 at 6:17:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Marie-Emmanuelle Dagri said...

Lovely artwork !

Monday, August 23, 2010 at 3:59:00 PM EDT  
Blogger firebird said...

Thanks, Marie!

Monday, August 23, 2010 at 5:07:00 PM EDT  

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