Mark I. Kirkmeyer

NIGHT AND DAY ~ SECURE WARD AND OPEN WARD

Wake before the sun
Back pain aggravating
To the med-room
Two Tylenol and a nurse’s smile
Ward is calm and quiet
Time for my first group
Short walk from west to east
The difference between day and night
The air filled with noise
The tension is almost tangible
Assailing the new arrival
Group finished
I leave the locked
The tension washes off
Like dawn washing the sky