The Caretakers


The Caretakers


The elderly man in the

institutional bed


tells his stale joke with a smile

for each day it seems fresh to him


and some of the caretakers chide the man

again and again


but others laugh or smile

again and again



by Lori Lipsky

photo: Dean Mitchell/istockphoto


9 thoughts on “The Caretakers

  1. This man is so real to me I want to give him a hug and ask him to tell me a joke. And then hug the smiling caretakers. You cram a lot of compassion-raising empathy into a few short lines.

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