Florida's Foreverly Shores
If I Didn't Know Better
(I'd Swear I Was Doreen)
I swear if the last 34 hours NEVER repeats
I'll be the happiest camper you'd ever meet
Started out with a cautious move
turned into a disaster of rising proportions
Bird-condo cage moved down the steps with ease
washed it out ... pretty as you please
Birds all happy with the extra shower
would blow their cover within the hour~
To load it in the car
would take muscled-finesse
I could do it myself
Pull and tug ... tight fit it seems
then the darned thing slipped
from my grip
tumbling over in rapid careen
Door flew open ... birds in scatter
Six flew over the Cuckoo's nest
coming to rest
in the tops of 40 ft. trees
Oh NO ! Come back !
Please cut me a little slack
Love Birds and others in scatter
Out across the Swamp they went
Lickety-split ... about in flit~
Me in cry (literally)
of sad goodbyes
My birds ... my birds
whatever will I do ?
I whistled and shouted
and called them by name
TrickyVicky and Poppie
Dwight and Reba
Come back here now
Rainbow and Kiwi !
Cavorting the branches
in short freedom flights
I know I must have been
a terrible sight
In tears running around amuck
perhaps they thought I was a freaking duck~
First one back to the yard
is so precious to me
My very own little
One long night,
with not much hope in my mind
that they'd return
even if they knew how to~
Clever me ... I set up the cage
and filled the food and water bins
Propped the door open and waited
for I could hear their songs again
On the earliest morning sun
there I was, again on the run
Looking and searching
with all my might
Just where does a bird go
into the night ?
Poppie was next to spy me
out in the yard
She plopped down beside me
the freedom too hard~
She sighed with relief
as I placed her in
a cage that was waiting
for my feathered friend~
A bird in the hand
is worth two in the tree
So I commanded ...
get down here to me !
And in flew Rainbow
as if she just 'knew'
that Marge was-In-Charge
of this bounty hunter deed
I placed her inside
with the water and seed~
Digging up plants
so I'd be near
Just in case the others
were waiting to hear
the dinner bell
(well, who can tell ?)
It worked as two more flew home~
Into that open cage door
they glided so free
And started to eat
with the greatest of glee~
Yep, by golly
Kiwi and Dwight came home
That only left Reba still on the roam
Dwight was sure his mate was near
so he sang his heart out
so she could hear~
The sun in set
hasn't brought her home yet
but, with thoughts from friend, June
and sweet MartieSis too
It's amazing what a little prayer can do~
I'm hoping perhaps on early sunrise
I'll find Reba waiting
with hungry eyes~
And June did the neatest thing
she sent GOD an e-mail (she did too !)
Who'd have thought such a thing ?
Oh sure it came back with the standard barage
of gibberish attempt at some intentioned garbage -
Subj: Returned mail: User unknown
Date: 05/02/2002 1:47:44 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Sent from the Internet (Details)
The original message was received at Thu, 2 May 2002 01:47:21 -0400 (EDT)
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550 ... User unknown Thought everyone knew who GOD is...
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Last-Attempt-Date: Thu, 2 May 2002 01:47:36 -0400 (EDT) Don't worry...He got it...I just know He did...*Ü*
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Date: Thu, 2 May 2002 01:47:13 EDT
Subject: Just a little bitty Prayer...
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I hope you get this soon...
I have a very special friend, who has a heart of Gold,
and the gentle loving kindness of a Angel...
who has a very heavy heart tonight.
She is longing for the return of her little feathered 'soul mates'.
Please keep them safe through the night in your loving hands
and guide them safely home at mornings light.
Please help to lift my friends aching heart...give it wings again...please grant it flight.
She is soul heavy with sorrows of other matters, as well...just the thought of this loss
is almost something too heavy for someone so weary to bear...
Please hear her prayers tonight...may they reach your listening ear...
may she have the happiness returned that she so freely gives to others.
Love you Dear God...
PS...I hope you'll find this little bitty prayer, as well.
Friends, is this not the sweetest thing
that ever your heart has seen ?
And God MUST get his e-mail ....
he brought five out of six birds home
*Waiting for Reba* who's out alone
Isn't that just like a star ?
Wanting to make a grand entrance~
OKay ... but that's my story
and I'm stuck with it~
~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~