there was snoring by my head,
someone sneezing in another bed
someone was sobbing off to the right
and someone else moaning all through the night.

someone was choking holding back tears
while off to the left, were the whispers of fears
and several were talking out loud in their dreams
would I get any sleep? maybe some so it seems

Am I complaining?
No I think not.
As I am grateful
for all that I've got

Were it not for this room
with its forty beds
some of these women
by morning, found dead.

~~ Paula

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