Wednesday, December 2, 2015

"Care-giving"--By Cindy Hutchings--United States

"Care-giving"

Taking care of my Dad
I’ve realized the difference
from caring for my children

when my children were little
I took care of them
helped them with all their needs

all the while knowing
they would learn how
to take care of themselves

now that my Dad is elderly
and I’ve taken care of him
helped him with his needs

all the while I know
he no longer can
take care of himself

this is a knowing
that is quite tender
while full of love.

Cindy Hutchings is a member of Northwest Renaissance & Striped Water Poets in Auburn, WA, USA. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English and Women Studies. She writes with passion about nature, events, and social causes. Her poetry is shared online at QuillandParchment.com and http://artwithaheart-forum.tumblr.com. Cindy’s first poetry chapbook, Tree Talk, was published by MoonPath Press in 2015.

17 comments:

  1. Loved it @ SWP critique, Loved it @ Kings, Love it here, too.

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  2. Hello Cindy

    The words in your entry are so true and reach the emotive factor. Yes, there is a difference in care giving. I am in the same situation in life where I am now the parent. Thank you for sharing your entry. I very much enjoyed your chosen format. Sincerely, Ann Marie Mazzarella

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    1. Ann Marie,
      Take good care of yourself.
      Cindy

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  3. Dear Cindy,

    It's so good to see you already have two comments on your heartfelt poem. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent here. Best wishes with all your writing endeavors.

    Blessings,
    Karen

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    1. Karen,
      Thank you for sharing my poem 😊
      Cindy

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    2. Dear Cindy,

      It is so good to have you a part of our online journal/poetry community. May your writing journey be filled with joy.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  4. Really liked this poem and the different ways of care giving. I was once in your situation. It's so true.
    Thank you.

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  5. Cindy,
    It is nice you still take care of your father, even at an elderly age. I work in a nursing home, and you'd be amazed how many people just want to give up. Welcome to Whispers! I look forward to reading a lot more of your work.
    Your new friend,
    David Fox

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    1. David,
      Thank you for your comments, and for the work you do as a caregiver.
      Take care, Cindy

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  6. Hello Cindy. Welcome to Whispers and thank you for sharing that heart-felt poem. Reminds me of when my dad was bed-stricken. I'm glad my mom elected to take care of him at home until he passed away. Continued blessings to you!

    -MJ (www.tgbtgpublictions.com)

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    1. Blessings to you too. Thank you, Cindy

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  7. Yes, Cindy! What Carl said, what Jo said, and Jack, and David, and Karen, and Ann Marie, and Maurice -- It's such a privilege, to care for a beloved parent or friend toward the end of life; YOU know this, and so do I, and recognize its painful blessings. Your father is fortunate to have your gentle smile and hands upon him now.

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  8. Thank you Marjorie for your words. Cindy

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