When Leaders Cry

by Nursetopia on August 9, 2013

She stood like an empty statue
Flanked by a sea of broken spirits.
Her leadership poised,
Promising not to cry.

The thanks poured.
The memories flooded.
The tears rolled down.
The room floodgates blew open.

Her strength was never more prominent,
Her leadership never so brilliant,
Her care never so transparent.
Through liquid humility.


Carol Cannon August 9, 2013 at 9:10 am

Wasn’t it the wise Lisa Watson who said that tears are a sign of strength? Stay strong, my friend.

Nursetopia August 9, 2013 at 10:17 am

Yes, definitely!

Beth Boynton, RN, MS August 9, 2013 at 9:12 am

Thank you for this very moving poem. Crying as a strength! Beth

Nursetopia August 9, 2013 at 10:18 am

Thank you, Beth! It was inspired by a truly poignant moment for me…watching a leader I aspire to be like, no doubt.

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