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Birthday Treasure
by Karen C Vanderlaan

Thursday, January 22, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.
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not a great poem by any means but it tells a great story

Birthday Treasure

A beautiful woman in the fight for her life,
Lays softly in the hospital bed.
Her husband sits beside her,
His gloved hand touching hers.
She sleeps her medicated sleep,
As in his chair he sleeps,
The sleep of worry and exhaustion.

But they listen and pay attention,
Refusing to become to self absorbed,
He brings cookies to the nurses on every shift,
And expensive gifts for the attending physicians.

A smiling little Nurse's assisstant,
Who was short and round and lovely,
Was so affected by the spirit of the woman,
That she cried with her when she suffered.

Well as she checked in one day,
They heard her say, "Today is my birthday."
So on that day, at the end of her shift,
A cake was presented with her name in pink.

She held the box in both her hands,
Her smile was wide but speechless,
She carried that box like a treasure,
And as the elevator closed, her joyful tears said it all.

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Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 2/17/2009
What a lovely story. thank you for sharing it with us

Reviewed by Art Sun 2/1/2009
This is such a nice work...

Birthdays and gifts can fill the spirit of the receiving part...enjoyed this one Karen...
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 1/22/2009
Love and appreciating what one does for another in a time of need. thank you for sharing.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/22/2009
It is indeed a lovely and meaningful story, Karen; and as Georg states, it is often the little things that say so much. Thank you. Love and blessings,

Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 1/22/2009
Little acts of love, often bring great joy! Heartwarming poem, Karen.
Reviewed by George Carroll 1/22/2009
Even in sorrow there is joy. Remarkable piece of poetry bringing out the good in people who rise above their own sorrows to being joy to someone else.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 1/22/2009
ANd you have moved me to tears as well, Karen.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/22/2009
Heart touching piece, Karen; very well done! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/22/2009
This is truly a marvelous and heart warming story, brought back a painful memory though. When my mother was dying from cancer in a hospital in another province from where we (her children lived)we all decided to go to there and spend her birthday with her in the hospital. The last one to arrive should have been my youngest brother James. He never made it, he and his gf were in a motercycle crash on the way and he died. We all, including my Dad and I had to return to Nova Scotia for his funeral on the day of her birthday. The nurses promised us they would not leave her for a moment and even brought in a birthcake for her and presents to try and cheer her and take her mind off the death of her baby.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/22/2009
I'd say a great poem, and a wonderful story.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/22/2009
A beautiful gift of appreciation and healing, given to the healers...well done, Karen!

(((HUGS))) love and prayer, Karla.
Reviewed by Bonnie May 1/22/2009
What a delightful write on the caring of nursing someone they've grown so close to. Oh your sister is one beautiful lady Karen but I"m not surprised. Love and hugs, Bonnie

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