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Waiting For Someone To Die - In a Poem About Waiting For A Kidney Transplant

Updated on May 7, 2013

Poem 13...National Poetry Month

As I was in the waiting room, waiting for my CT scan for my own kidney issues, I talked to a man whose wife was waiting for a kidney transplant. From that, this poem was born.

Waiting

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Waiting


She was waiting in the hospital

Her attitude was sad

She really didn’t know

How much time she really had

She was born with a horseshoe kidney

Had trouble since she was born

Infection after infection she had

And now she was torn

She had one too many of them

Her right side kidney was shutting down

She thought of all of this

On her face was a deep frown

Soon she would need dialysis

And other helpful measures

She took careful stock of her blessings

Thanked God for every treasure

She looked out her window

At the traffic driving by

Never once did she ever think

Of asking the good Lord why

She knew these things happened

Always a lesson learned

Every wrinkle, every gray hair

Was very heartily earned

Now she waited quietly

Couldn’t understand why

If she wanted to live

Someone else first had to die

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Betty...I wrote this poem as I was waiting for some tests for my kidney...I have a horseshoe kidney and may need a transplant as well...I will be praying for your son....I know he'll find the right match soon! Thanks for reading and commenting

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      Betty (Alawine) Overstreet 5 years ago from Vacaville, Ca.

      Interesting subject for a poem. My son received a kidney last year and now he is going through rejection-getting back on the list again. We are praying he gets one before having to return to the dialysis center. The doctor asked if there is a chance of a live kidney donor as that would be the very best. Now my nephew is being tested to see if he can donate one to him.

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      LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      It's a sad thing - my prayers are with your friend's son. Thanks for reading.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      My friend's son needs a kidney, and he too is waiting.

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      LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      thank you, teaches - and thank you for letting me know it wasn't posted right earlier!

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      OK, I am glad that you posted this one. It is touching. What an example of faith.

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      LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Billy - thank you for your good wishes - and thank you, too, Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      ur pulling on the heart chords.. Justateacher up and awesome

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Best of luck to you and your issues!

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      LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Thank you billy! I have just had some issues with my kidneys lately and when I was at the hospital for a ct scan, a man was waiting for hiswife who was going through a kidney transplant....made me think about how lucky I am right now...

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well that was deep and powerful and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was expecting something to do with teaching and you pulled out a surprise. Well done my friend!

    • justateacher profile image
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      LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I think I have it fixed!

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      LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Well I wonder what happened!

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      Hi JustaTeacher! Am I missing something? I don't see your poem.

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