Her poems highlight the deep feelings and profound spiritual energy that was behind her successful career and the keen insight which has enabled her to portray her life experiences and interaction with humanity and nature with compassion and sensitivity.
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CONTENTSIntroduction Page 1PART I: First things: Page 3Rochester, Lamberhurst, Taunton, and SidmouthPART II: Page 15London and Shrewsbury: Church, hospital,and the Bank of England.PART III: Page 49Greece and Cyprus: Translations of Greek poetry and folksong, and other matters.PART IV: Page 69Geneva and Plymouth: Innocent Suffering.PART V: Page 95Green Things and other matters.PART VI: Page 113Plymouth: Retreat and Advance.PART VII: Last things. Page 167Index of Poems Page 181Index andNotes on the drawings Page 184
Margaret Sparshott trained as a general nurse at St. Thomas' Hospital London in 1955 and is also a trained midwife. After several years in general nursing in England, she worked abroad for twenty years as a neonatal nurse in Greece and Switzerland. She also spent nine months working for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Cyprus during the Turkish invasion, and was Assistant Director of Nursing at a private hospital in Geneva. In September 1986 she returned to England to a post as staff nurse on a neonatal intensive care unit in Plymouth, where she began researching the problem of newborn pain.Margaret has lectured and written many articles on the environmental problems of the sick/preterm baby in hospital. She contributed to the book 'Relating to the Relatives: breaking bad news, communication and support' published in 1996. Her own book 'Pain, Distress and the Newborn Baby' was published in 1997. In 1991 she was the winner of the Nursing tmes/3M National Nursing Award for Practice and in 1998 and the three following years was a guest at the Women of the Year Lunch and Assembly at the Savoy Hotel, London.After 45 years in the profession she retired from clinical nursing in June 1999. Now she has time to enjoy the pleasures of reading, writing, gardening and singing and she still loves travelling abroad. Margaret has used poetry to put into words the experiences of her professional and spiritual life.