In the mirror I see you,
The crinkle of my eyes,
The shape of my nose.
I fight everyday for those like you.
They lay in my hospital bed,
Alarms and chaos surround them.
Amidst it all, I see you in each of them.
I struggle to save them.
I sweat, I cry, and I fight.
I learn everyday from you.
It’s been ten years, yet I still see you.
I see you in my drive,
You taught me to be a fierce woman
In a world that teaches submission.
You taught me strength
When you had none.
There is a tug of war between life and death.
Sometimes you lose, and you lose everything.
For you I am always pulling on the side of life.
You made me the best nurse I can be.
Fourteen years with you before cancer stole you,
My best friend, my father; my everything.
Strong, yet compassionate, a fighter and lover.
You will forever be my greatest role model.