“When you breathe in, your mind comes back to your body. And then you become fully aware that you’re alive, that you are a miracle and everything you touch could be a miracle — the orange in your hand, the blue sky, the face of a child … And that is a miracle because you know the role that suffering plays in life. And you are not trying to run away from suffering anymore.”
In this Poetry Unbound episode, host Pádraig Ó Tuama reads Leanne O’Sullivan’s poem, “Leaving Early,” and reflects on the various shapes of presence and love manifest by those caring for bodies and spirits in hospitals and clinics and ambulances. “Their life and their story is being wrapped into a story of care and they, too, deserve the same care that they’re giving.” Listen here.