Tree of Hope

6 years ago  I  visited a friend in  a psychiatric unit :  One  wall  was  decorated  with  the  Tree of Hope  logo. This  is  what I  saw  and  felt.

Hope?

Tree of hope
Is this a joke
Lost souls wandering
Bored staff pondering.

Angry women strutting
Locked door are shutting
Tempers are  fraying.
Any point in praying?

One  step forward three back .

Covers for  the care  they lack.

Man shouting  he needs  his phone

His  eyes  ask will he find his way home

Tree of hope
Is this a joke
Lost souls wandering
Bored staff pondering.

*******

I wander if that unit has improved in six years. I doubt it … Especially not now with Covid.

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Jan 29, 2021 @ 21:18:17

    So sad when you hear of places like this… 😢

    Reply

  2. Alethea Kehas
    Jan 29, 2021 @ 22:17:18

    How very sad. 😞

    Reply

  3. Betty Hayes Albright
    Jan 29, 2021 @ 22:19:25

    It’s so sad…. such places are usually poorly staffed to begin with. I can’t imagine how much worse it must be during this Covid nightmare. 💔😥

    Reply

  4. lssattitudeofgratitude
    Jan 29, 2021 @ 22:42:12

    I know of someone who needed mental health care a few months ago. The facility told the family they would not be getting much/any care just housing because of the virus taking all available medical staff away from the facility. It is so sad,

    Reply

  5. Sadje
    Jan 30, 2021 @ 01:46:48

    Sounds like a dismal place.

    Reply

  6. thoughtsnlifeblog
    Jan 30, 2021 @ 03:09:25

    Very sad. Very sad indeed. I feel sometimes some nurses even in general or specialist wards are terrible. I know their job is hard and low paid. But if you are in a caring profession then care. These things make me feel really sad

    Reply

  7. antoniazen
    Jan 30, 2021 @ 14:50:08

    There has to be hope, and trees … but you are right, so much else is a painful mess.

    Reply

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