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 V.19 No.11 | March 18 - 24, 2010 

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“The Wound Dresser”

The great American poet Walt Whitman volunteered as an Army nurse during the Civil War. This poem captures the sentiments of nurses who have witnessed the battlefield.

Bearing the bandages, water and sponge,

Straight and swift to my wounded I go,

Where they lie on the ground after the battle brought in,

Where their priceless blood reddens the grass the ground,

Or to the rows of the hospital tent, or under the roof'd hospital,

To the long rows of cots up and down each side I return,

To each and all one after another I draw near, not one do I miss,

An attendant follows holding a tray, he carries a refuse pail,

Soon to be fill'd with clotted rags and blood, emptied, and fill'd again.

I onward go, I stop,

With hinged knees and steady hand to dress wounds,

I am firm with each, the pangs are sharp yet unavoidable,

One turns to me his appealing eyes—poor boy! I never knew you,

Yet I think I could not refuse this moment to die for you, if that

would save you.

 

Today's Events

The Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment at National Hispanic Cultural Center

Featuring choreography by Patricia Dickinson Wells and a full live orchestra under the baton of Guillermo Figueroa.

Epic Christmas Character Party: Double Plow • rock • Cowboys and Indian • rockabilly • Mr. Right And The Leftovers • punk-a-billy at Low Spirits

Trolley of Lights at ABQ Trolley Co. @ Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

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