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Abstract

The roots of these five poems "Immunity," "What the Old Will Do,"
"Wonder Cures," "Road Shrines," and "Pain the Teacher" are anchored in
the rich soil of nursing practice: assessment, empathy, and action based on holistic knowledge of illness and healing. Narrative, metaphor, allegory, and symbolism exemplify some tools employed to create their content and form. These poems, distilled from decades of personal experience, also carry the hope that insights shared may be of help to those who read them.

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