Journal of Gerontological Nursing

My Roommate

Sara K Zacovic

Abstract

She is a very old lady

But you'd be surprised

At the things she can do.

She tears bits of paper

Into all sorts of things -

Even birds and butterflies with wings.

She seems to enjoy those bits of tiny

Kleenex and toilet paper things

For hours and hours all through the day;

It helps while the hours away.

She doesn't talk but sometimes she cries.

But you can see the love in her eyes

As she fondles those small bits of paper

as though they were alive,

And counts them on fingers, 1-2-3-4-5.…

She is a very old lady

But you'd be surprised

At the things she can do.

She tears bits of paper

Into all sorts of things -

Even birds and butterflies with wings.

She seems to enjoy those bits of tiny

Kleenex and toilet paper things

For hours and hours all through the day;

It helps while the hours away.

She doesn't talk but sometimes she cries.

But you can see the love in her eyes

As she fondles those small bits of paper

as though they were alive,

And counts them on fingers, 1-2-3-4-5.

10.3928/0098-9134-19810601-09

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