Inspiration by Patricia Cannon Loneliness began as a child when she would place with the utmost care toy upon toy on top of her small body until she was covered with the solitary sound of her own breathing certain that this would shield her from the wrath of a human touch that would first wrap around her ankles and then pull her down into the watery deep of haunting deceit the forbidden country where silence reigns and innocence drowns in salty tears and foamy sheets. Then, as a woman She would place with the utmost care book upon book on top of her life until she was covered with a multitude of voices certain that this would shield her from the warmth of a human touch that would first wrap around her heart and then pull her down into the watery deep of intoxicating heat the borderless country where love reigns and exhalations rise like sweet-smelling clouds to the ceiling. But her child barely a year old pressed against her chest like life itself with all its fragile hope inspires her to swim toward her true voice stranded somewhere on the babbling sea of her own fear.
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Patricia Cannon has been a Registered Nurse at UCSF since 2001. She has worked in cardiac critical care, neuro intensive care, hemeoncology, school nursing, and currently, in research. In the early days of the pandemic, she was redeployed to the CATCH team which stands for the Covid, Assessment, Treatment, Coordination Hub. This pilot was launched to help patients get much needed procedures and surgeries. Her passion is her faith, photography, and the written word in all its forms. Her poetry has appeared in several magazines and books.