Poems in the Waiting Room

Poems in the Waiting Room

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Brochures with small collections of poetry are available in waiting rooms throughout Carilion facilities for patients and visitors to enjoy. Works chosen span the history of poetry with classic and contemporary writings, including local contributions.

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It was a beautiful fall day last October. Sunny, warm, and a perfect day for a relaxing bike ride.  As I loaded my bike into the car, I felt anything but relaxed. This bike ride was to try to forget the stress that I had been under the past week. It was following me around like a dark cloud. I drove to the greenway, a place where I had often come to unwind.  



Jacob was propped up in bed, his I.V. attached to a drip line, his eyes glued to a movie. “Hi, Jacob,” I said, walking into his room. “I’m an artist, want to play with clay?” Jacob’s big smile was the only response I needed to know I had a willing and eager participant. I’m always amazed that when I introduce myself as an artist and ask if the child wants to play with clay, the television is no longer a focal point.