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Hands of Strength

by Maureen Glaude

I've held hands with courage

squeezed kindness from a nurse

discovered demerol rush in eyes

smiling strength to me

when needles, IV's, portacaths

lines and spinal taps invade

above and beyond the disease


humanity's the grandest drug

voices in gentle guidance

stirring confidence through ordeals

laughter over pain


and let's never forget

a prayer and two crossed fingers

never hurt


and go farther than any pills

to win the war

11/20/2000

Posted on 02/05/2004
Copyright © 2021 Maureen Glaude

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 02/07/04 at 02:34 PM

Excellent excerpt from your cancer series. Has a wonderfully soothing and supportive quality to it.

Posted by Michele Schottelkorb on 02/09/04 at 06:54 PM

this is uplifting in a concrete and thought-provoking way... very poignant... outstanding... blessings...

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