16 July, 1984
starry-eyed & full of ideals,
looking forward to new life ahead,
i took the 1st steps, full of zeal,
& people say, i've got it made.
after 5 years toil, to some no big deal,
after countless tests, real & mock,
just to gain that licence to heal,
& the right to be addressed as Doc.
the moment of reckoning is here,
the test of the pie is in the eating,
1st posting, dealt with kids without fear,
but it's the mothers that send me reeling!
2nd posting, faced with diabetes & hypertension,
the 3rd with tummy aches & bowel obstruction,
end of housemanship met with trepidation,
still, it's time for that much-needed promotion.
years fly by & i wonder about my skill,,
hippocates meant it to be a calling to heal,
to the young nurses, it's a licence to thrill,
it could well be a ticket to the next meal.
i thank God for the chance to be,
compassionate, patient & a little wary,
though now a tad blurry-eyed, & quite weary,
but i must trudge on to live out my destiny.
So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. eccles 3:22
(ha ha, i chuckled at my own feeble attempt to write sentences that rhyme!)