Written for:  dverse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday – Labor  (posted by Frank Tassone)
Write a haibun that alludes to Workers, Labor Day, the former and current struggles of Workers, or anything else labor related.


Being familiar with health care workers in my family,
I can state their plight:  too-long hours, and adding additional
time to a twelve hour shift.  This practice takes a heavy

Nurses suffer in this country. Shouldn’t they be at their best–
enough sleep and time off–when they attend to patients?
Listening to people you are caring for is vital. Present
conditions can make for mistakes, miscalculations, or worse.
Nurses are overworked and underpaid–a deadly combination.

breeders of dogs
factory for new-fad breeds
sicken animals

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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10 Responses to Laboring

  1. kanzensakura says:

    Too true. Nurses are vital. My aunt is a retired hospice nurse and hospital administrator. She cared for her patients and their families.


  2. Nurses are the unsung heroes of hospitals and any other medical facility in which they work. My niece just started in the profession. Thank you for your witness!


  3. lynn__ says:

    Nursing is a caring profession…we need to take care of our nurses too!


  4. Grace says:

    I hear you on this – they are severely overworked and stressed out. We need to better take care of them.


  5. Here there is a serious lack of nurses…. and it’s not just the pay that makes them leave… A lot has to do with how work is organized (or not)…


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