Monday Morning Writing Prompt 9-5-10

Today in the U.S.A. we celebrate Labor Day. It marks the end of the traditional season for summer vacation. School children return to class and signs of colder weather begin to creep in to our awareness.

For today’s prompt, I’d like you to consider the topic of work. Manual labor, industry, health care, education, manufacturing. Whatever. Perhaps you’d like to visit your own current or past work situation or that of someone close to you. Write your thoughts in prose or poetry and add a link to your blog or website so that others may share in your reflections. (Trust me, if you are looking to increase visitors to your pages, you will.)

This is a poem I wrote a while back. It’s a look at nursing (my profession) from the other side of the gurney.

The Other Side 

I watch her hurry by—

features drawn.

An aura of anger

thrusts her forward

like a rocket booster.

Too many patients?

She doesn’t glance my way.

No time to read my pain.

Fear closes in on me.

Rigid steel

cradles my aching body.