It’s probable we had seen her before
but people look different in uniform
and even more out of ….
no one had the presence of mind to ask her name.
She approached us at the funeral
afterwards, outside the church
in that no man’s land between service and cemetery
no longer present, but not quite gone.
She had been one of the nurses –
“your grandmother took a long time to die
endured much discomfort and pain
as did those who tended her and witnessed it.”
She told us –
one day it was too much
she broke into tears sobbing, “you shouldn’t have to suffer like this.”
Grandma took her hand
placed it between both of her own
“it is better that I have this than a small child.”