The family that hired her
It wasn't her job
to tell them what to do
was to take care of the old woman
There at the nursing facility
They used their money
(and they had plenty)
to make sure that she had extra care
What more could this silly nurse's aide ask for
But then the Covid patients came
and the facility began
to fill with the sound of coughing
Workers were given masks
and their temperature taken
before they could enter the building.
The aide feared for her own health
But more so for the old woman.
The numbers grew
as did the PPD clad personnel.
She pressured them
to take her home
The risk was too high
Did they want the old woman
to die struggling to breath?
The aide was relentless,
they almost fired her.
But she was so committed
to the old woman
that they could not bring themselves to do it.
So the set a day
Bundled the old woman
into a transportation van
And put her in a hospital bed at home.
Angry, relieved, the emotions they felt
As they walked past the old women's room
with a sigh.
The aide close to the bedside.
A friendly co-worker asked her,
after the family had stormed out
Throwing their hands in the air
muttering as the went,
Why she risked it
Taking on family and placement agency
to get her moved
She just shrugged and replied
"If we keep our voices silent
who will speak on their behalf."