Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Haiku Challenge, day 16



Written for The Haiku Challenge 2012 - Day 16 – February 16th – Theme or Word: Sin Form: Haibun


This is a wonderful Challenge Day, because I may write a haibun one of my favorites. The total amount of 150 words ... I don't know if I can manage that ... well we will see.

This is also contributed to: The Gooseberry Garden Poetry Picnic


IMPERFECTION

I am an oncology nurse. I see very ill patients every day. It sometimes feels as a sin to do what the physician wants me to do. Of course the goal is to make the patient healthy again, but there are lines I don't want to cross. Patients, e.g. with lung cancer, are at the end of there strength and nevertheless the physician wants to do everything. I can understand that. Physicians are healers, but not to all costs. Very ill patients not becoming healthy anymore must have the chance to die in peace and with a certain quality of Life and in dignity. Patients must have a perfect way to die. I think it's a sin, an imperfection, to cross the lines and take the patient's dignity and quality of life.

death can be a friend
the savior of very ill people -
a flower of light




See you tomorrow ... for another challenge day.


15 comments:

Susie Clevenger said...

I just watched a friend day from breast cancer..it had invaded liver, bones, brain...and still the doctors said try more chemotherapy...I so agree with what you have so eloquently stated

Asni said...

Your prose is very touching and I so agree with you. Your haiku is one of the most beautiful I've read.

Pranali Kadam said...

The Prose is from the Heart,and reflects the disturbance.
A Great prose goes with a excellent Haiku.

⁂ܓVållῐ ⁂ܓ☺ said...

Yes, They find peace in death...Its better than suffering each and every minute....According to me you aren't committing any sin, You are healing their pains :)

Gemma Wiseman said...

I can imagine that you endure daily tensions! Your feelings are beautifully expreswsed!

SweetTalkingGuy said...

Powerful words - death can be a friend!

Grace said...

Beautiful and touching...I can feel your struggles dealing with life and death.

Death can be a blessing for the very ill...I agree ~

Amber said...

Powerful one!

becca givens said...

Very powerful write - bless you for the gift you give to your patients, and the understanding of their needs. My dad passed away with cancer - and it was so heart breaking to watch. The angels on earth are the nurses ~~ thank you for your message. God Bless~~

Abby said...

I am a breast cancer survivor. Thanks for all you do for the less fortunate, I know it's hard.

Someone is Special said...

Imperfection..... I loved your Haibun madly.. That's a perfect way to write.. Hats off to you.......

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

"death can be a friend"--and one that I would rather not meet any time soon!

Wedding Day: Haibun

Vidya Sury said...

Life is tough. Touching haibun

Chèvrefeuille said...

These are all wonderful comments. It was a tough one to write, because I lost my brother (several years ago) on lung cancer. So this haibun and especially the haiku is in loving memory of my brother.

Namaste

Paris Foliage said...

quite lovely.