Somebody asked: You’re a nurse?!
I wanted to do that when I was a kid.
How much do you make?”
The nurse replied, How much do I make?
…I can make holding your hand
Seem like the most important thing in the world when you’re scared
I can make your child breathe if they stop
I can help your father survive a heart attack
I can make myself get up at 5AM
to make sure your mother has the medicine she needs to live
I work all day to save the lives of strangers
I make my family wait for dinner
until I know your family member is taken care of
I make myself skip lunch so that I can make sure
everything I did for your wife today is charted
I make myself work weekends and holidays
because people don’t just get sick Monday through Friday
Today, I might save your life
How much do I make?
All I know is
I make a difference.
Written by: Ogunmodede Adewale Oluwafemi
Edited by: Kukogho Iruesiri Samson
- A DIRGE FOR ‘WOMENS’ (by Kukogho Iruesiri) (angrypoets4women.wordpress.com)