The Healer – NaPoWriMo Day Four

Today’s prompt is to write a “loveless” poem, a poem about love that does not invoke the usual hearts and flowers or lovely sensual aspects of love, nor even use the word, “love.”

Kahlil Gibran said, “Work is love made visible.” If a person is passionate about their work, we can see an aspect of love in it. In the healing arts, we can see it in people on the front lines–nurses, rescue workers, patient care technicians, etc. This poem is for them.

The Healer

by Jan Brown

She sees me raw and at my worst
She rips off the façade
Like bloody bandages
She rips off bloody bandages
Like an artist

She has talent in equal parts
For comedy and calamity
For caring and carrying
For charming smiles and clenched teeth

Her not-so-random acts of kindness
Can seem alternately cruel
And cool

She often loses hope
But never loses faith

And never gives up


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