‘First Aid’ by Jo McFarlane – Published in Stories of Changing Lives II

On a day when death’s preferable

to breathing in and out,

I’ll look back on this reminder,

try to think of all that’s good


The pastel sunset in the sky,

the chatter of the rain

The resurrection of each day

again, again, again


The comfort in a friendly voice,

the smile that fills my heart

The beauty of sweet poetry,

the miracle of art


A flower rejoicing in its prime,

a bumblebee in flight

The curling up of purring cats

into the breast of night


The healing hand of strangers

when I cannot feel my pulse

The bandage in a silent prayer,

the grace to simply trust

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