Occupational Hazards

Defrocked, as it were,

of her professional

vestments and legitimacy

she nonetheless:


Instinctively absorbs understanding

of universal emotional pain

as it crosses and re-crosses

her perplexing path


Comprehends complexities

nuanced in expression,

tone and verb


Listens – empathically all in-

to stories, wishes and



Regardless of official stature

her nurturing nature

endures in experience


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