A Nurse Cries



She cries

Salted pain hangs from her lashes

And falls upon her light blue smock

To mix with the sweat of long days


She cries

For each life as it passes

In a constant state of shock

As death takes count in virulent ways


She cries

As lack of sleep takes its toll

But she is so driven to care

Always a part of her giving heart


She cries

Respect not always given her role

Hidden behind the mask she must wear

For how her life has been torn apart


She cries

Leaning against the still woven part

Of nerves now frayed and threadbare

She tends the wounds of her own soul


She cries

To cleanse the mind, let some healing start

For she knows there is still need out there

And there is fate that she cannot control


She cries

Not for herself or in a needy display

Her heart must daily take full stock

In how she is caring for the masses


She cries

Her mind in emotional disarray

Her heart as heavy as a rock

Hope runs as slow as molasses




35 Responses to “A Nurse Cries”
  1. beth says:

    Heartbreaking, especially your last line

  2. yassy says:

    Heart rending ..

  3. Era says:

    Heartbreaking, very beautifully written by you!!!!

  4. kristianw84 says:

    You sure do know how to tug at the heart strings. Beautiful!

  5. What a wonderful testament to these often unsung heroes! Beautifully stated and truly heart-wrenching!

  6. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    You have written a beautiful homage to these brave heroes! The hardship, the work, the strain on body, nerves and soul must be insurmountable but yet they continue like soldiers in the front line ready to lay down their lives. We cannot say enough about nurses, doctors, technicians and all those in the health field especially during the worst days of this crisis. Thank you Brad for such a thoughtful and beautiful work dedicated to our nurses!

  7. jonicaggiano says:

    Beautifully said Brad. As a once practicing nurse I can say there are things you see that you never forget. I can’t imagine what it is like for medical professionals today. Nice of you to remember them through your work. Have a blessed weekend. Love 💕 Jonikins

  8. Heartbreaking and powerful….. I really like this… ❤️❤️❤️

  9. Jim Borden says:

    A beautiful tribute to nurses – the most important person in our health care system. Despite her crying, she still shows up every day… Wonderful job, Brad.

  10. petespringerauthor says:

    An outstanding piece! You had me from the get-go with “salted pain hangs from her lashes.” I wish all medical professionals could read this and understand that while we don’t know precisely what they’re going through, we can empathize with what must be the most challenging of jobs.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thanks, Pete! It wasn’t that long ago our heroes were professional athletes making outrageous salaries. Now it is our neighbors and they get paid a lot less.

  11. Lord, Brad, you broke my heart. Yet those are the people who bring us hope everyday. Wonderful tribute my friend.

  12. Reblogged this on Ramblings and Ruminations and commented:
    A lot of this writer’s poems speak to me, but this one truly pushes hard on the “feels” button, and I keep coming back to read it again and again.

  13. Excellent write-up, I have always enjoyed your articles, you’re such a wonderful writer, always on point. This article is loaded to the hilt, I thoroughly enjoyed myself reading it and at the same time I was hugely enlightened. Thanks

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