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A Caregiver's Crown
By Patricia Mizell Pack

There must be a Heavenly crown for each giving soul,
who cares for the sick and disabled, whether young or old.
A brilliant symbol that shines forth as a vision of gold.
A fitting reward for each unspoken tale never told.

A bejeweled crown of sparkling rhinestones and pearls,
to be worn by deserving caregivers in all cultural worlds.
It's high time we needy take a heartfelt stand.
Show gratitude for each unselfish deed, and extended hand.

A crown of blood-colored rubies for those we hold dear,
formed by sleepless nights, and prayers we never hear.
A fitting reward for caregivers who minister and provide
untold comfort and service that help keep us alive.

Their enduring presence is a testament of their selfless will.
Their loving care can't be equaled by any prescription pill.
A golden crown of diamonds, rhinestones, rubies and pearls
to be worn by unpaid caregivers in all cultural worlds.

I wrote this poem while convalescing from vasculitis, an inflammation of the major blood vessels. My husband was my caregiver during those long months of illness. Thankfully, I am now fully recovered. I thank God for my wonderful husband of forty years. I wrote this poem for him. I now also dedicate it to all deserving caregivers.




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