Squeaky, squashy, mishy, mashy, we go

grabbing that one, pushing this one

Sometimes whiney, sometimes finey, Bro;


Do we take this here crookelly road

appearing to wander all shadey to the right?

Or do we take leftelly path bumpy like Toad?


Then old benty shepherd raised his Crookeye

wavering and weavering overhead

Then and there stilling in glare therebye.


Ol’ Crookeye doth set mind straight ahead

Finding more light just over ridge up yonder

Telling we needs stumbly bumbly up to bed.


We seeking light needs stagger uphill

We seeking light needs crawl straight ahead

We seeking right no turns for thrill.


So pushing, leaning, clutching, keening

all friends in critterly, unfolkly quest

turn not to right or left only up for meaning


For guiding Crookeye doth a glint, a spark

peekeling out from rock and twig and thorn

high on the crest to draw all folk out of dark



Note:Β  For learning of Crookeye, refer to December Posts during the time of advent



52 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. totsymae1011
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 02:56:48

    I think I know Crookeye. Matter of fact, we’re so much alike, I think I’ve found my twin, as we stagger up the hill wavering and weavering up the hill to sit down and rest. Shoot, I’m out of breath. πŸ™‚

    • granbee
      Feb 01, 2012 @ 03:02:04

      Tots, leave it to you to jump right into the middle of these critters on their quest. Not even a tinsy bit shy, are you? Welcome and march on with us!

  2. totsymae1011
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 03:39:34

    And march, we shall. Just long as these critters know I have to stop every 10 minutes or so to pamper my feet. These dogs are primarily made for getting to the fridge and back to the den to prop in front of my tele set. πŸ™‚

  3. claudia
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 05:58:01

    love your use of onomatopoeia’s all about finding and going the right path…isn’t it..? not always so easy though…enjoyed your poem..

    • granbee
      Feb 01, 2012 @ 06:14:24

      onomatopoeia–a most useful word to describe the explicit and implicitg uses of the words “right” and “left” on this day of the Florida primaries, right? No? Oh, I see, you were talking about the squishng and squashing in both physical movements on their roadway AND the similar emotions they were experiencing. Aha! (you guys are so much fun to play word volleyball with!)

  4. writinggomer
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 06:21:20

    Straight ahead, by the Good Shepherds light.
    Not to the left, nor to the right…straight up it is we go.
    Great post granbee! πŸ™‚

    • granbee
      Feb 02, 2012 @ 01:46:55

      Thank you so much for your encouragement, writinggomer! Real Christian online family support it is! Straight into His Light we march!

  5. M Vitalis
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 06:25:29

    I will learn from the best! Today, when my kids go to bed, I want to come back and read it again. I am so happy I decided to stop by your blog when I first did.

    • granbee
      Feb 02, 2012 @ 01:48:02

      M. you do me such honor, saying you will learn from me! I yearn to help and encourage younger writers, especially young mothers, to be able to continue writing and feel good doing it!

  6. Julie Catherine
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 10:36:28

    Granbee, your poems never fail to delight me, and this one is no exception! How wonderful! ~ Julie πŸ™‚

  7. willowdot21
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 17:20:52

    Why would I want to be anywhere but with these unfolkly critters? The truth is so simple for them unlike this vale of tears we blindly stumble through! Lead on old Crookeye you know the way! Wonderful granbee as ever thank you. xx

    • granbee
      Feb 02, 2012 @ 01:50:18

      Actually, willowdot, this journey is really not so simple. Didn’t you notice the whining and the struggling and certain indecision at times. However, these critters ARE simpler types of being, praise be, and show us how simpler is better, okay? So pleased to have you with us on this journey.

  8. M Vitalis
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 00:52:51

    Oh, my God, Granbee, this poem is BEAUTIFUL! I’m so excited! I came to my computer with no worries in my head and with my dictionary on hand so that this non-native English speaker could understand the wise message of your beautiful poem! Love it!

    • granbee
      Feb 02, 2012 @ 01:51:37

      M. wow–you really did come back! Hooray! This tells me you will succeed in your writing goals. Of course, you do realize a lot of my “critter” language is not really in any dictionary. But you can get a close approximation most of the time! Enjoy!

  9. Sue Dreamwalker
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 03:19:50

    Onwards and Upwards and straight ahead Granbee… over the bumps! and around the corners.. but always marching forward.. Step by step, and when we fall we are carried.. always…….
    Wishing you a Good evening . Love and Blessings.. ~Sue

    • granbee
      Feb 02, 2012 @ 03:28:04

      So wonderful to know you are on this journey with me and these critterlyfolk! You are truly “with” us, I can see! Love and blessings to you,also,Sue!

  10. becca givens
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 08:54:33

    Whew … I am all out of breath … but I will take a little breather before I continue with the next step or crawl forward … inch by inch if necessary!!!

    Up and onward we go ~~ πŸ˜€

    • granbee
      Feb 02, 2012 @ 23:47:11

      Becca my girl, you just lean over from the waist, breathe deeply, peek around to catch that light beam again, and on you go! So glad to have you with us like this.

  11. Betty Hayes Albright
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 12:55:55

    “We seeking light needs crawl straight ahead” – YES!!!!

    • granbee
      Feb 02, 2012 @ 23:48:03

      Hooray for you, dear Betty! I can always count on you to seek the light, no matter what! More than excited to have you aboard.

  12. cottonbombs
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 12:56:45

    Rose! This parade continues and always seems fresh. Unless of course you make the mistake of walking along side one particular float, then the view never changes. This was a fun walk with lots of colors and characters.

    • granbee
      Feb 02, 2012 @ 23:49:29

      Peter, nobody gets to hang onto just one “float” in this “parade”. What with all the scrambling and pushing and pulling and falling down and helping each other up, the “floats” change constantly. Lead us on with your magic trumpet, Peter!

  13. Vampire Weather
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 15:33:10

    With such vivid colors you spread your words across the palette and make a marvelous image of life and humanity. Magical, granbee! Well done!

    • granbee
      Feb 02, 2012 @ 23:51:26

      VW, I am SO gratified that you see these journeying critterlyfolk as images of life and humanity. This is so critical to the message that seeking peace and light is more than possible for absolutely anyone. Pleased to have you join us with your magic wand!

  14. planaquarium
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 18:17:51

    I love how your words always refuse to conform to my expectations…and that is truly thought-provoking art. Another winner!

    • granbee
      Feb 02, 2012 @ 23:53:54

      Plana, I am intrigued that my words β€œalways refuse to conform to [your] expectations.” I just realized this is exactly what I aspire to do with every reader, because I want to pound the point home that our pre-conceived notions must all be scraped and shredded away if we are the achieve the purpose of our quests for peace and enlightenment.

  15. Jane Thorne
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 01:53:03

    Granbee I love the word ‘crookelly’…we are all crookelly on our paths together…and you shine a lovely light from your ‘place’…this is a lovely poem…may you never conform – Love Jane xx

    • granbee
      Feb 03, 2012 @ 01:57:16

      Jane, thank you so very kindly, dear heart! Actually, it is impossible for me to “conform”, which I finally made peace with when I started writing every day again in late September. So glad it suits you! I am honored! Yes, I also enjoyed that world “crookelly” to express a path not just crooked, not just wrong, but somehow still trying to tempt and attract with diverting charm our friends to turn aside from their babe-given quest.

  16. 10eveningflowers
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 17:01:54

    magical words πŸ™‚

    • granbee
      Feb 04, 2012 @ 00:14:07

      Coming from you, this is a high compliment indeed. Thank you! I am really enjoying your site, which is pure magic for me!

  17. 10eveningflowers
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 01:35:02

    awwwwwww…….. thax dear……… πŸ™‚ hugs*

  18. Author of Christian Comfort & Conversation
    Feb 06, 2012 @ 10:22:50

    Granbee, this tells me to keep focused on the light. Stay away from the darkness that awaits. No matter the thrill. Not to go left or right when we can continue straight ahead. Sometimes we tend to get ourselves in trouble by choosing our own path. Well, Granbee this was my vision of Staggering Uphill…After all that struggling uphill, I choose the smooth path. Love you Granbee…Hugs

    • granbee
      Feb 06, 2012 @ 23:24:01

      Shenine, you seem to have joined us going uphill, straight ahead into the Light quite successfully. So pleased to have you join us here on this part of our journey! Thank you so much for your most thoughtful feedback. I will just caution you that smooth paths are sometimes deceiving. Sometimes, we must go a little way over some rocky paths and just skip over the rough places with the joy of the Holy Spirit in our hearts!

  19. eof737
    Feb 06, 2012 @ 19:46:38

    Crookeye speaks volumes… love that name. πŸ˜‰

    • granbee
      Feb 06, 2012 @ 23:26:16

      If you go back to the Advent period in 2011 when this series was near its beginning on my blog, you will see that the Crookeye is the all-seeing eye mounted on top of the blind Old Sheperd’s shepherding crook. Of course, at this point on out journey, Crookeye is also able to see around corners, about barriers, and help all the “friends (none of whom can see very well just yet) ever onward to the Light.

  20. bardessdmdenton
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 02:26:32

    ‘…a glint, a spark

    peekeling out from rock and twig and thorn

    high on the crest to draw all folk out of dark.’

    Follow that shepherd…he knows the way!

  21. Sarah Baughman
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 03:24:52

    I really like how imaginative and playful you are with language. From “crookelly” and “leftelly” to “mishy mashy” you really have a way of choosing and creating words that have great sound and meaning.

    • granbee
      Feb 07, 2012 @ 03:27:58

      Unbelievably gracious you are to visit my blog so soon after my request at WriteItSideways! I very much appreciate your encouragement to continue with my language inventions. You are quite correct in seeing my intentions for special nuances of meaning by utilizing these invented terms.

  22. Fergiemoto
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 07:23:56

    This is delightful! Gotta love that shepherd!

  23. Joyce de vivre
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 22:24:45

    I remember Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken πŸ™‚ Amazingly, the Crookeye made all the difference πŸ™‚ and most of the times we come to this kind of dilemma, thanks to our Master Guide above πŸ˜€

    • granbee
      Feb 16, 2012 @ 02:28:54

      Joyce, sorry you missed the beginnings of the sage, way back in late November! This Crookeye is the only one of these traveling friends who can actually see! They all totally depend upon each other to keep on going! Bless you for remembering Robert Frost. I know you join me in thanking God for some of the roads neither of us took, right? We must always walk into the light, helping each other along.

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