Bed By the Window

  1. Two old friends shared a room - in a home for the elderly
    Confined to their beds - their bodies had given - way.

    Old Joe lay by the window - and watched the days go by
    Bill LIVED to hear him tell - about the world outside

    From the bed by the window - he'd tell how the children played
    the lovers in the park - the ducks out on the lake . .

    the little boy who swept the sidewalk - when the sun came up each day
    From the bed by the window - he told it just that way.

    They shared with each other - the stories of their lives
    and relived all their memories - and dreamed of better times

    Outside the leaves were changing - the summer turned to fall
    and from the bed by the window - old Joe described it all

    From the bed by the window - he'd tell how the children played
    the lovers in the park - the ducks out on the lake . .

    the little boy who swept the sidewalk - when the sun came up each day
    From the bed by the window - he told it just that way.

    Then on a cold winter morning - in the light of the dawn
    the bed by the window was empty - Old Joe was gone

    and then they moved Bill to the window - he couldn't hold back the tears
    when he finally saw the view outside - after all those years

    From the bed by the window
    He couldn't see out at all
    There was nothing out that window
    but an old brick wall

    Now a new man shares that room - in a home for the elderly
    confined to his bed - his body has given way

    Bill lies by the window - as the days go by
    his new friend LIVES to hear him tell - about the world outside

    From the bed by the window - he tells how the children play
    the lovers in the park - the ducks out on the lake . .

    The little boy who sweeps the sidewalk - when the sun comes up each day
    From the bed by the window - he tells it just that way.
    Last edit by betts on Feb 28, '02
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   RN-PA
    Beautiful, betts-- Thank you.
  4. by   Fran-RN
    betts, you made me cry. My husband lived at a nursing home for the last 4 years of his life. He had a brainstem stroke at age 49 that left him unable to talk and a quadraplegic. and he had " A bed by the window" His view was the employee parking lot. I also put up birdfeeders for him. He really enjoyed being able to see who was coming and going and watching the all the different birds. right before he died, the local 4-H club brought their animals and set them up in the parking lot. he was gasping for breath but he still wanted me to position him so he could watch what was going on on outside. thank you for the beautiful poem.
  5. by   WeSignificants
    There is actually a book titled "The Bed By The Window". I can't find my copy right now (just completed house repairs) but you should be able to find it at a local book store. Was quite an interesting story.
  6. by   betts
    TY for the info WeSignificants.
  7. by   Fran-RN
    WeSignificants, Is this book about residents in Nursing home? or some one sick?

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