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Nurses are angels with granola bars

















Natalie was given a granola bar during chemo

I knew her name because the nurse said it softly

“It will help your blood sugar, Natalie”

Perhaps she said it softly because of the mask

The wrong kind of mask but anything is better than nothing

That’s what they said when she had asked them

And her hands were bare, without latex gloves

I knew because I was watching as she stroked Natalie’s hand

And held it as the nausea passed

Afterwards Natalie smiled

Perhaps the nurse did too. I couldn’t see her mouth

But her thumb was circling Natalie’s wrist

When I left - another all clear - thank god

They gave me a granola bar too

And I felt undeserving of such kindness

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