Katie and the Sparrow
by Marcia Miller-Twiford
Saturday, May 30, 2009
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A true happening.
Katie thinks it improper for a lady
of her distinction to get her feet wet
let alone her snow-white fur.
Late spring gifted us with downpours
that started early last night.
Katie ate her dinner but, as is her usual routine,
wouldn’t venture outside afterwards, "No ma’am, not me."
My four-legged and much adored friend
was restless throughout the night
no amount of coaxing could budge her.
She stuck it out until dawn broke through,
then with indignant resignation,
and lowered head, she ventured out into a downpour.
I gently closed the door behind her
in compliance with our agreement
that she’ll go outside when it’s called for
but in return I must give her privacy.
I waited for her usual soft bark
telling me she was ready to come back in.
Silence prevailed and privacy or none
I had to venture out. There she was,
sitting on one of the porch steps,
a spot not sheltered from the rain,
guarding the lifeless body of a tiny sparrow.
She looked at me as if to say, "You know.
You know what you must do."
So my friends there I was in a torrential downpour
digging a hole for the feathered remains
while Katie, soaking wet, but with head held high,
watched my every move until the deed was done.
I started back inside and Katie ran to a bush
from whence she retrieved a chew toy
she had hidden for "a rainy day"
she placed it on the little bird’s grave
whimpered a last good-bye then ran
past me to quickly return inside.
I dried her off and now she sleeps
as content as a dog who is understood can be.
That’s my Katie, my beloved Katie, who never ceases
to amaze and delight me.
The most loyal of friends, the kindest of hearts.
Surely she must have a soul.
© Marcia Miller-Twiford
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|Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
|Marcia, this is written so well with such compassion and gentleness.|
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo
|What an extraordinary piece of prose poetry and such a touching story that just delights the senses. Humans sure can learn a thing or two from animal behavior and Katie may be at the head of the class of teachers! Lovely, even though the poor lil sparrow is gone. Wonderful ~ Hugs, Elizabeth|
|Reviewed by jude forese
|a wonderful testimonial that all life is connected ...|
|Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow
|It's amazing what our furry friends know and understand.. and yes, my friend, she surely has a soul..
hugs and love to you and Katie,
|Reviewed by Carin Spirit
|Thank you for sharing this gem. A tear, then smile and my heart warmed,your Katie is a treasure, and spirit guide.
Be Well, Carin'
I have to know what breed/breeds, my mind's eye sees a golden retriever, but they like water, I think?
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|Surely, they must all have souls. A wonderful story, and one of my dogs is a lot like your Katie.|
|Reviewed by Georg Mateos
|Who was the one that said, more I know man...more I love animals?
Adorable story, a keeper!
|Reviewed by Lloyd Lofthouse
|Of course Katie has a soul. Man, in his arrogance, somehow placed himself as the steward for all life on this earth, as if he is a stand-in God for all creatures large and small. Katie and the Sparrow shows us that animals, many times, are more humane than humans.|
|Reviewed by John Flanagan
Well told with kindness, understanding, compassion and insight and yes she does have a soul, a spirit that will live on as indeed will yours.
|Reviewed by E T Waldron
|I love this one Marcia! Yes she has a soul and will go to heaven. God didn't create anything that he doesn't have a home for.I love pets,they are our best companions,a gift from Creator!
|Reviewed by Linda Law
|Katie is a smart little fussy... :-)) great story in a poem... hugs, lindalaw|