“Beshear takes action on nursing home abuse” (Paul David Mena)



sudden chill
an empty bird feeder
outside the nursing home





“Beshear takes action on nursing home abuse” (Lexington Herald-Leader)


Poem by Paul David Mena (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.




  1. Jack Galmitz

    That’s a really powerful image, Paul. I know because my mother was in a nursing home and died last night. It was so sudden. One minute she’s in the home, disoriented with dementia, but as far as I knew physically okay, and then the third pneumonia in three months and then they couldn’t cure it; sepsis throughout her body. She was poisoned to death by the microbes. So, your poem is more than a poem to me.

  2. Laurence Stacey

    Oh my God Jack! I’m so sorry to hear that….

    Paul- I agree, this is a poignant and incredibly powerful piece.

  3. Jack Galmitz

    Thank you for your sympathy, Laurence.

  4. Dick Whyte

    Jack – my deepest sympathies. How hard things must be at the moment. Wishing you all the best.

  5. Dick Whyte

    Paul – a stunning poem. Thankyou for letting us use this in our little journal. Much appreciated.

  6. Chris White

    Very sorry to hear of your loss Jack, I hope you won’t be hit too hard.

  7. Chris White

    This poem struck me immediately when it was first posted, and sadly it now has even greater resonances. Paul, your poem is very touching.

  8. Jack Galmitz

    Chris: I’m grateful for your sympathy. The funeral was today. I’ve broken down a few times, but I’m okay. My mother was suffering, so it was a blessing that she finally died. I’ll miss her.

  9. Chen-ou Liu

    Jack, Sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathies.

    Paul, L2 is skillfully used as a pivot, making the poem emotionally effective and poignant.

    Thanks for sharing.


  10. Jack Galmitz

    Thank you, Chen-ou, for your condolences. I greatly appreciate it.

  11. Chris White

    Not at all Jack, it’s good to hear that you’re managing to cope. I hope you won’t find the burden too heavy.

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