At Albany Medical Center


power nurse
at the helm

subs a-watching …
for some scraps of power
drifting down
scoop them up
wear them like a badge
for the poking order of the day

Patients tethered
to IV’s, toilet hats, measurements, needles, hourly pin-pricks
chained in between gated beds
waiting for Doctor signatures that switch
treatments toward a healthy discharge.

no supplements are allowed from home
and an attempt is made to lock them up
If they should assert themselves

patients need to comply
nurses need to be patient
together they have to give and take;
give trust; take hope


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