© Jovana Nesic/Pexels


© Jovana Nesic/Pexels


In a black transport chair,
dressed in grey pull‐ups
and under hospice care
he seeks yet to serve.
Tenderly he wipes
the Amish polish
onto a walnut image
of the Mother Mary
holding her holy child.
A thriving thorn bush
beyond his sickroom’s
nearby windowpane
blossoms still red
with roses in the rain.

Ruth Naylor lives in Bluffton, Ohio.

Posted in: Poetry, The State of Quaker Institutions


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