Posted in Acrostic

Tribute to Caregivers

Hands

Comforting words soothe those

Alone in a world of pain and grief,

Reminding them someone cares.

Each day they do their best to

Give of themselves,

Inspiring others with their dedication,

Valiantly enduring their own woes to

Encourage others to overcome theirs,

Reminding people they matter,

Silently making a difference daily.

Acrostic

( poem written in honor of my grand-daughter who is a dedicated caregiver)


Do you wonder why It is hard to love a person who works with Older Adults?

We come home late and are too tired to cook.

We work extra because we know there are sick, lonely, or depressed residents who need us.

We don’t always want to talk when we come home because we have talked all day.

We don’t want to work around the house when we come home because we have moved all day and many times it is hours before we get a break.

It may seem that we have left all our caring, our hearts, and our love at work, and then come home without any left.

But we don’t tell you that many times at work we are scared.

Scared we are missing something. Scared we will let our residents down. We have to deal with angry families who only see one side, and they fuss at us when we are doing our best and following regulations set by the state.

We don’t tell you how the staffing shortage makes us frustrated and overly tired, not to mention “wearing more hats” because less people are allowed inside.

We juggle so many things at once. We love the job we do, but we are stressed and scared of what we might come in contact with – and the unknown.

It is hard to love a person who works with older adults, but know this: Your healthcare worker needs your love.

They need your understanding – your patience. They need to know that you “get it”, especially when their hands are tied concerning guidelines.

They are working with LOTS of people at one time, all day, and have many other requirements to tend to, and still have to keep a smile on their face and try to please everyone.

They have to clean, disinfect, and wear a mask all day in an already warm environment.

They wash their hands so much that their hands become dry and cracked.

They have to document. Everything.

Therefore, They need you to do the hardest thing YOU may ever do, which is to love a healthcare worker.

These workers are the “forgotten” ones in healthcare. They need your love and support.

(–Author Unknown)

Posted in Cinquain

Patsy

Portrait Collage of Patsy Cline by LeonasDesigns 2020

Long passed

Yet on she lives

Memories and music

The treasures she left behind

For us

Cinquain

In tribute to Patsy Cline 1932-1963 one of Country Music’s Greatest and one of my very favorite singers.

Gone too soon. “Sweet Dreams” Patsy.

Posted in Senryu

“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”

Paper collage of a mountain by Leona J. Atkinson©️2020
Paper collage by Leona J. Atkinson©️2020

Martin Luther King

To a nation racially torn

Peace he sought to bring

Senryu

I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”

“We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now because I’ve been to the mountaintop… I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”  —Martin Luther King speech, April 3, 1968

(In tribute to a great man who left us too soon.)

Posted in Tanka

Morris-Angel of Friendship

Morris the Cat—2004-2019
Morris the Cat—2004-2019

An angel left us

Silently, went to heaven

Christmas Eve morn.

Fifteen years of her friendship

Remains in our memories.

Tanka

A tribute to our family cat who passed away this last Christmas Eve morning.

Posted in Elegy, November 2018

Goodbye Lily

Lily, Oregon Zoo Baby elephant
Picture captured from https://goo.gl/images/SCyfuF

In the Autumn we mourn

One who left too soon

Lily, November born

Bid us ‘bye neath the moon

Full of joy was Lil’ Lily

Happy baby elephant

Playful and sweet was she

In spirit, confident

Though illness took her away

From us and her family

We honor her today

For her sweet memory

Elegy

I am saddened by this news as I remember when Lily was born and everyone in Portland got the opportunity to vote on a name for her. I voted for the name Lily and was so happy it was chosen for her. It fit her perfectly. She was so sweet, lively, joyful and happy. She would have been 6 years old today 😪

https://www.oregonzoo.org/news/2018/11/zoo-heartbroken-6-year-old-lily-succumbs-virus

Posted in July 2018, Senryu

A Point of View

Billy Anderson’s Surveyor Tripod at Andersons View Point  July 2018

Memorialized

For years of dedication

Oversees the sea

Senryu

Andersons View Point in Tillamok County Oregon is a beautiful scenic roadside stop that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. This place memorializes Billy Anderson who was a dedicated surveyor for Tillamok County for many years. His surveyor’s transit tripod still stands on the banks overlooking the sea.

It is a great roadside stop with fantastic views of the ocean.

Roadside America Memorial to a Surveyor

History of Tillamok County Surveyor Dept

Pacific Ocean at Andersons View Point July 2018
Pacific Ocean at Andersons View Point July 2018
Posted in March 2018, Word Lune

“Silent Sentinels”

Iron Jawed Angels--women picketing with signs
Image from: https://opinionessoftheworld.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/picketing_with_signs.jpg

They stood strong,

These American women speaking with

Iron-Jaws.

Word Lune

Today as we celebrate International Womens Day I wanted to pay tribute to the women in America who fought for the right of women to vote. The Suffrage women, those activists who fought long and hard, sacrificing much, in order to overcome injustice and obtain equality for women to vote.  

Beginning in the 1840’s many American women rose up to fight for women’s rights and the Suffrage Movement had a number of bold women who campaigned tirelessly for the cause. Finally in 1920, an 19th Amendment was passed that allowed to women to legally vote in the USA. 

I recently watched the movie titled “Iron-Jawed Angels” which tells the true story of the courageous women who put their lives on the line to gain this victory and I would encourage every woman to watch this movie. It is an eye opener and one that will cause you to be grateful for the rights which you now enjoy because of what these women did!

Watch the Movie Trailer  Here

(The movie was made in 2004 and is available on DVD. It is entertaining but stays very true to historical fact. I believe it is a must to watch for every American woman.)

Posted in February 2018, Scripture, Senryu

A Tribute to Billy Graham

Billy Graham

After a long time

As a good and faithful servant

His Lord said “Well done”

Senryu

Written I honor of Billy Graham’s entrance into the joy of his Lord today at the age of 99.

His lord said unto him,

Well done, good and faithful servant;

thou hast been faithful over a few things,

I will make thee ruler over many things:

enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Matthew 25:21