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Spring Equinox

To bird song
up in the tree
laughter sort
and gaiety

For dawn to break
with warming rays
comfort found
from cloudy days

To sounds so sweet
warmth entwine
embrace complete
To love divine

WPC: I’d Rather Be



Daily Prompt: Sin of Supposition

vintage nurseThe Golden Rules

In my nurse training I remember being introduced to  role modelling from mentorship with senior nurses with miles of experience. This modelling included examples that have stayed with me some 20 years later. The first rule of nursing I was told by my ward sister was “never assume anything.” The golden rule. “Don’t assume the nurse on the early shift has done all the dressings, she was busy and may have missed one patient through no fault just a busy ward. The observations have been done, go check, a patient may have not been at their bedside and the nurse in all good faith was going to go back to them later”. This golden rule will ensure a patient is well cared for. The second rule passed down to me was, that there is no such thing as “basic nursing care”. I learnt that a bed bath is not a task just to wash someone. A nurse on performing this personal care will also assess the patient holistically. For example, she’ll offer the patient a drink before they start and ask if they have had breakfast, first observation, assessing nutritional intake and swallow reflex. On preparing the bedside with the person’s toiletries a discussion on their usual routine, their choice of change of clothes, observation, patient choice, can they make decisions. Undressing the person, assessing their mobility and movements, skin condition, pressure areas, leg movement, speech, the list goes on. So as you can see there is nothing basic about care. My belief is that nurses were trained to be acute in their observations.


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Daily Prompt: Wasted Days and Wasted Nights

Fountains Abbey













Wasted Days

When time stands still
With hours to fill
Only clouds move by
Till dawn of next sky

Impatience is bound
For a new venture found
As days come to keep
The purpose we seek

The wasting of time
Wishing forward a crime
Anxiousness to weep
As golden days sweep

Longing to move on
A trepidatious song
Only keeps us from joy
With trickery, a ploy

Wishing time to the past
Hours to roll on fast
A life of speeding motion
A pebble in the ocean

Still the mind on track
Minutes, hours, to not lack
The seconds we have today
Are not stolen or mislaid


Daily Prompt: Children’s Society

tree swing

Days of young, collecting shells
Of whistling wind and bicycle bells
Of skating down the pavement hills
Holding hands with shrieks and shrills

Of racing out to climb the trees
Remembering the summer breeze
To sing out loud the story rhymes
And always losing track of time

Long summer days, with a hundred ways
To play street games for days and days
To staying out late sharpening sticks
And brushing up on football tricks

With friends to find a new adventure
Making a go cart, the constant inventor
Of treasuring those exciting years
And remembering all those peers


Daily Prompt: Camera Operator

Daily Prompt: The Show Must Go On


See through the lens
Of touched up days
Of brighter ways

See a new scene
Of dark to light
Of frame in sight

See still to frame
Of thoughts to hone
An image brought home

Photography by Janice January 2014


Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation

Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation

If you could have a guarantee that one, specific person was reading your blog, who would you want that person to be?

Doubting Teacher

These are words
Words of mine
That tell a story
In a line

Words can have a
Message to tell
That I can write
On paper and spell

Things I may find
Harder to say
But that doesn’t
Cause any delay

For what I can
Write on a page
Will stay noted
And can’t age

Words that may be
Forgotten at will
But writing down
Will live until

My words live here
In rhyming state
Where I can freely
Write, Think, Create


2014 New Beginnings, A Brand New You



She is small, she is shy
With the biggest blue eyes
She doesn’t yell or shout
Free and happy to play out

Quiet and thoughtful
If needed is forceful
A teen without rebel
Coming out of her shell

Young and making friends
Smiles and welcome extends
Self belief in College years
Riches in life, sharing with peers

Qualified with a job to do
Fear and worries to get through
All new situations to fit into
Anxious, unsure with no clue

Self assured now, of knowing
A position of expertise upholding
To a professional with respect
At a cost of personal neglect

As years pass, she can’t see
The young lady, come to be
Reverts back to shy small girl
Misses the glimmer of the pearl

Life’s low ebb comes calling
Cling on, fight without falling
See the value of  persistence
Strive on and go the distance

She learns great lessons
To trusting her perceptions
Poise to keep with self caring
To a nurtured place of dwelling

To a belief in herself
Faith, hope, natural wealth
What she wants really to be
Is a combination of all that, is me


Weekly Writing Challenge: Valentine

It seemed appropriate for this Weekly Writing Challenge for me
to share a previous post for the theme of St. Valentine’s Day.
I posted this in December but it seems more relevant for the
February 14th.

Haiku – Flower


Hope is in a bud
A flower unfolds to love
Blossoms to dream of

The petals unroll
Like a story to be told
Like a fan unfolds

Elements display
Thought, and message to convey
That words can not say

(Image from Google images)