Cranky Old Man

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377573_386992241368407_1591402724_nWhen an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its q…uality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.
One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.
And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem winging across the Internet.
Cranky Old Man
What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?

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11 thoughts on “Cranky Old Man

  1. Hi Uta – this is a very moving poem, and should make people stop and think. I don’t know the real story behind it, but my father had a version of t called “Crabbed Old Woman” back in the 190’s when he was in and out of hospital. At that time, it was said to have been written by an old woman in a Liverpool hospital.Dad also had a response to by a nurse – I’ll e.mail it to you, just for interest’s sake.

  2. Thanks for the e-mails, Cat. 🙂

    I enjoyed reading the two poems, especially the second one, where the nurse says that there are too many patients and not enough nurses. The nurses must hurry all the time and cannot give the old people as much attention as they would like to.

    Nursing staff who care for the very old do a great job. You have to be a very caring person to do a job like this.

  3. Einen schönen Tag wünsche ich dir liebe Ute ist wirklich schon Alt aber jeder Mensch hat seinen Wert auf dieser Welt,Es ist leider heute so man nimmt sich nicht mehr die Zeit für die Menschen die Hilfe brauchen das ist bei uns auch so leider es ist eine Schande,zu wenig Pflegekräfte.Ich wünsche dir ein gutes und glückliches Wochenende und bleibe Gesund lieber Gruß Gislinde

    1. Wünsche dir auch ein schönes Wochenende, liebe Gislinde. Hoffe, deiner Tochter geht es schon sehr viel besser. Bei uns ist es schon erstaunlich warm geworden, tatsächlich sommerlich warm.
      Liebe Grüsse, Uta.

  4. An excellent reblog, Aunty Uta. I’m so glad it was shared around and not just disregarded. I’m glad it made it so far. And you sent it further. Wonderful.

    1. Thank you, Noeleen, for reading this and commenting. Whoever works as a carer for the very old has taken on a very demanding job. To find out that the very old still have feelings and precious memories is very touching,

      1. It is touching, Aunty Uta. It is very precious work these carers do – and of course of course the old have feelings, deepened by age.

  5. “No one person can ever experience all that life has to offer. It is only through sharing – experiences, feelings, insights – that we can hope to grow beyond our own meager lifetime.
    Nurses are tough people. But behind great nurses are inspirations to keep them doing what they need to do – TO CARE.
    Nurse or non-nurse, please feel free to move around the site. Everybody needs inspirations to be encouraged every now and then.”

    Nelson from digital catharsis wrote the above and I did get this poem ‘Cranky Old Man’ from his site, of course.

    So, as you say Noeleen, it is very precious work that these carers do.

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