Treasure Island

Adeline Foster

(Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

Hospital Visitors


Thank you so for coming
To break a long, long day.
If you catch me sleeping
It might only look that way.
In hospital resting and sleeping
Often look the same,
So if you want to “wake” me
Just softly say my name.
Your cards are very cheery,
The flowers a pleasant touch,
Short visits are so very kind,
Long visits a little much.
Thank you so for coming
And for your words of cheer,
And, even as I say goodbye,
Thank you for being here.

Submitted: Monday, February 24, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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  • Brian Jani (7/7/2014 4:24:00 AM)

    when one is sick visitors can make a very big and positive impact on the way to recovery of o sick person. (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (5/3/2014 12:50:00 PM)

    Short visits are so very kind,
    Long visits a little much. A polite way of teaching those who wouldn't know.
    A nice poem.10/10.
    Hope you are out of hospital now. (Report) Reply

  • Yash Shinde (4/13/2014 1:05:00 PM)

    hospital stay cuts us off from our normal life for a few days, there on sick-bed, being attended by our beloved is really rejuvenating.................a short and simple write...... (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (3/30/2014 3:04:00 PM)

    This poem made me think all the scenes of hospitals and the visitors here in our side of the world...a simple and clear write up, composed gently about an everyday fact of our life! (Report) Reply

  • Dave Walker (3/30/2014 8:40:00 AM)

    A great poem, says what everyone feels if they have the misfortune of an
    hospital stay. (Report) Reply

  • V P Mahur (3/25/2014 2:37:00 PM)

    Dear Madam,
    very sweet poem with a feel of comfort.
    Thanks and Please reply if possible. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (3/19/2014 9:41:00 PM)

    I HAD TO READ this particular poem! For the past 6 weeks my closest friend has been in intensive care because of a brain injury. I have been visiting often, but I still feel guilty when I miss a visit and helpless when I'm there. Your poem written from the patient's point of view has cleared the air for me. I don't think I'll feel either guilt or helplessness again. I'll just be present to the moment confident that my visit will provoke the generous thought your patient expresses. What a relief your poem delivers! This poem is what William Stafford called AN INEVITABLE POEM! (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Anderson (2/26/2014 9:23:00 AM)

    Absolutely right and done with grace and dignity and a little tongue in cheek You made your point
    very well. I hope you wrote this from your home (Report) Reply

  • Sheri Brown (2/24/2014 5:31:00 PM)

    Sometimes having someone visit can be a blessing or a shame lol, this poem is lovely and a nice way of saying, I guess the visitor needs to have enough compassion to know.... based on, short visits are so very kind, Long visits a little much. You and I know some just can't catch on. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Nika Mcguin (2/24/2014 1:52:00 PM)

    Wow~ I love this. It has a quirky sense of humor, a bit of cynicism. All in all a fun read! Thanks for posting.

    ~NIka (Report) Reply

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