1. Free, David RN

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On the day we said goodbye, the light that usually shone


From deep within once sparkling eyes was dim and almost gone.


When I quietly turned to leave the room,


You said you were afraid.


Though your voice was soft, your need was great


So I held your hand and stayed.


You taught a precious lesson as I stayed to hold your hand


And, after some reflection, I've come to understand.


We must learn to live and live to love


And any fame or wealth


Cannot compare to the precious joy


That comes when you share yourself.


How can I ever thank you for the change that has been wrought


In my life and nursing practice from the lesson that you taught?


I will live each day more fully,


At least I know I'll try


Cause I'm thankful for the time we shared


On the day we said goodbye.