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her smile tired and stretched a little too wide,


long term care, she says


is not for me. Not my kind


of people, she laughs, lays


her hands palm up on the table,


body language open, mind closed.


see I like helping people,


she continues, the emotional connection


and they're just not -- she pauses, perhaps finally uncomfortable


denying our residents their humanity.


-- some of them can't even talk, you know?

Created: Apr 04, 2014

Tags: elderly, long term care, poem

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