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  1. Norman Scott Harrison1,
  2. Helen Noble2
  3. on behalf of the Renal Arts Group
  1. 1 Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, UK
  2. 2 School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast Faculty of Medicine Health and Life Sciences, Belfast, UK
  1. Correspondence to Rev Norman Scott Harrison, Royal Victoria Hospital, 274 Grosvenor Road, Belfast BT12 6BA, UK; normanharrison12{at}, Norman.Harrison{at}

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Do we feel it - do we miss it?

The word unspoken but implicit;

the heart symbol drawn – unsaid;

thoughts of love, though not explicit.

Do we think it - do we believe it?

Connection lost behind jagged lines;

swirls of emotion - the ache of now;

the coiled snake, fearful signs.

Do we know it - do we see it?

The search for meaning making;

the desire to paint it, dance it;

aching for a way of speaking.

Do we hear it - do we perceive it?

Open the closed, find curved lines,

ways around to explore, to find;

clear the thinking with creative mind.

Do we read it - echo the song of it?

It’s powerful, this thinking out loud,

this music of freedom and life:

it’s straightforward and proud.

Do you sense it - are you stirred by it?

More than being bruised to the bone;

Hope beyond cure, family, friends, home, or me:

there is peace – faith – calm.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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