Now that #MarjorieTaylorGreene is gone I want to post my poem #BreathlessRegret. A reminder I have seen the fear in the eyes of those she led to their deaths with her lies:
I will tell you the thing I will never forget.
Watching them die in breathless regret.
Clinging to sheets as if it contained their soul.
Begging the disease to please let them go.

Listening to science a moment too late.
Allowing the misinformed to determine their fate.
The oxygen fails, the body goes next.
We look on as they scream to God "not yet!"
The caregiver forever changes at the head of your bed.
From saving your life, to the hand on your head.
You imagined death in a room full of love.
But instead human touch comes from behind a glove.
When it is over, the caregiver moves on.
Hoping the next one took that shot in the arm.
-Victor Ruiz #RespiratoryTherapist

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