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Poetry from within

A Nurse Abroad

The mirror showed a reflection

of a woman in her prime

thirty years behind her

knowledge in her eyes

She’d seen the world

travelled far and wide

had cried with joy

celebrated life

Mourned lost friends

cried with grief

known love and hate

been a rock

Sun bleached hair

framed her face

an image

of compassion

She’d found faith

when it was lost

had given hope

when their was none

Asked for nothing

in return

to have been there

was enough

Felt proud

was humbled

to be honoured

in this way

A touch of lipstick

a nervous smile

her thoughts collected

she was ready

‘We are gathered

here today

to reward

a dear friend,

for her loyalty

and humanity

through war

and in famine,

ladies and Gentlemen

I give you

a remarkable woman’

Jan Hedger