Resident’s poem about life at Anglesea

Anglesea resident and poet Robert Berrill has put pen to paper to capture life at Japara. Titled The Tall Slim Gums, staff and residents have loved reading and sharing Robert’s work.

Robert has kindly shared his poem below:

The Tall Slim Gums

By Robert Berrill

 

I live in the Anglesea Aged Care Facility,

Where they care for my fading health and mobility

The facility rooms large and small are all beaut.

And my private room is cosy and cute.

 

I gaze out my window and what do I see?

Two long rows of our world famous tree.

Aussie gums, we call them, cos this land is where they survive.

They love our sunny country, so here is where they thrive.

 

We must be vigilant for their future.

A wonderful gift from Mother Nature.

So the Tall Slim Gums wave around in the wind and the sun.

 

Exercise classes, carpet bowls and walks.

Quiz sessions, bingo and talks.

Keep us active in body and mind.

After many years of the daily grind.

 

All this and more,

As the Tall Slim Gums wave around in the wind and the sun.

 

The nurses, sisters and staff make up a wonderful crew.

The ideal kind of people found in this type of venue.

 

The meals are ok, but we must say,

It is hard to concede to everyone’s wishes.

But at least we don’t have to cook and wash dishes.

 

My final summary –

This is the ideal place for me to be.

While the Tall Slim Gums wave around in the wind and the sun.

 

Robert Berril and his poem ‘The Tall Slim Gums’ about life at Japara Anglesea.

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