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I bless my job, I bless my life,
I bless my destiny!
        My medical vocation
        Fits my temper to a tee.

I love the task of testing blood
To see if it is sweet,
Make sure it serves your body parts,
Especially your feet.

I come at night to taste your blood
With perfect bedside care,
And should I find you are unwell,
I add you to my prayer.

        I also check the birds and bats
        To keep them healthy too,
        So "bedbug" is no name for me!
        A "Nurse-Bug" is  more true.

I never dreamed when I was young
Such grace on me would flood,
Behold!  The Nurse-Bug of the World!
(God, may I check your blood?)

from the forthcoming book Prayers of 100 Animals A to Z, by William Cleary



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