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Monday, July 4, 2011

What Can You Do By Next Tuesday?

If you had all the world and time,
What would you do by next Tuesday?
BY Next Tuesday
Would you travel back to May 20th, 2003,
And watch the final episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer?
Would you clap at the triumph and cry at the ending?
Would you hold his hand one more time?
What Can you do by Next Tuesday?
What would you do on the evening of Tuesday April 22nd, 2009?
Would you wait again for an ambulance transport that would not come?
Would you fill with fury, impotent rage, that plans were destroyed?
Only to look at him who had already lost all ability to control his life. 
The EMT has a tear in his eye
What would you do in the week preceding Tuesday June 16th, 2009?
Will you uproot your whole family?
And move to a new apartment for home hospice.
Would you cherish the last days and cry at the ending?
caregivers clock
What would you do by Tuesday June 23rd 2009?
Would you begin a mural that would change our view of patients?
What would you do by next Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday?
As the Tuesday’s stretch endlessly by and you are still you alone?
73 cents the first day 6-23-09
What would you say as you mount the stage on Tuesday July 13th 2010,
When you speak before the assembled at Health & Human Services?
What will you say in your three minutes to speak?
How will you present the Patient Voice in Meaningful Use?
Regina at HHS
How will you answer when IHI fellow John Krueger, MD asks you,
What can you do by next Tuesday?
Will you make a new power point?
Will you write about Bellin?
John, shall I paint you a picture by next Tuesday?
Will I paint the washing hands?
Will I paint the praying hands?
Will you walk in the Gallery on Tuesday, on Tuesday?
Such a Little Thing: John Krueger
We're in the world, we have the time,
What can you do by next Tuesday?
Take a walk, wash your hands,
Kiss your love, take a stand.

That you can do by next Tuesday.


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