Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September Heights, day 20 lights

Inspired by the theme at


Today lights is the prompt (thank you Maharukh). You would think 'an easy one', and maybe that's true, but as an oncology nurse I would like to write a few haiku on lights associated with my work in the local hospital. Every day I have to deal with very ill people. Some of them are shortly diagnosed with cancer, others dealing with cancer for a long time. Not only the patients have to deal with their illness, but also their relatives have to deal with it. I hope that this will be a good one.

after a while
several chemo cures further
light in his eyes

light in his eyes
day by day it becomes less
the end is near

the end is near
family and friends gathering
after a while

after a while
eyes become dark, no sparkle
finally heaven calls

finally heaven calls -
he ... has gone ... the pain will be gone
after a while


Credits: stairway to heaven

22 comments:

Pranita said...

Very sad are those days for a lotto reasons!

Jingles of celebration!

Kathy Donlan said...

I love this cascade. The different ways you speak of cure and pain. Very nice.

Barbara said...

I was very moved by this set, having witnessed the light going from someone's eyes in my own nursing career. It isn't easy to write about this. Well done!

Ellecee said...

This is a very sensitive write on an uneasy subject. Well done.

kaykuala said...

Very touching sequence of demise, Kris! Lovely cascades!

Hank

awalkinmyheart said...

You have painted a sad image here and this is reality. It must be difficult for you to have to watch this every day, Kris.

PattiKen said...

This is very sad. Your work as an oncology nurse must be so difficult!

Locomente said...

OMG!!! You have portratyed it very beautifully... Very touchy...

http://locomente.blogspot.in/2012/09/lights-on.html

Judith Westerfield said...

Lovely line, "the pain will be gone . . . after awhile"

Very moving

odyzz said...

sad one ..but it needs a lot of strength to craft it...nice!!

Hopeless Romantic said...

Poignant!

Mariya Koleva said...

to think that you see that every day at work, Kris, makes me very sad. If a person in that sphere of work has not developed some sensible philosophy, they will be devastated before long. I couldn't do it. Bravo for your strength and your courage!

Kristjaan Panneman said...

Thank you all for your nice words on this post. It makes me humble and blush ... this is what I do ... this is where my heart really is.
It's not an easy job, but it gives me a lot of satisfaction.

Reading Pleasure said...

I really love your Haiku and the photo is very illuminating.

Hazel said...

Talent! It's not easy to craft words about something as crippling as pain and death. But you did it. Well done.

beccagivens said...

Poignant read ... I know this is your field, but I think this is the first time (I have read) ... you've shared aspects of your daily gift with others. As a cancer survivor, your work is invaluable to the patient and their families!!

Rachel Collegewood Schapiro said...

a gradual process,

well plotted haiku.

Karin Wiberg said...

Sad and sweet.

siggiofmaine said...


Thank you for sharing...
wonderful and sensitive.
Have witnessed many events
such as you write of,
admire your gift to share
this experience in such a
meaningful way.
Peace,
Siggi in Downeast Maine

brudberg said...

What a sad cascade.. very well done.

Teresa said...

Such a sad one. Beautifully written.

Kristjaan Panneman said...

In loving memory of all those people who died through cancer.