“…….and we kicked up a New Way with our dance!”

“…….and we kicked up a New Way with our dance!”








All rested Old Stump Woman hooked arms with Mr. Jitters,

dancing  little healing girl all through thornies and rockies

kicking up a dust storm of ditties and skippies in flitters

of wondrous flopping ears and bopping crooks going all cockies.




Now all this storm of joy screeched right up to the edge

Finding a broken vine leading to a muffling mound of sobs

“What be this, all this cryin’ sighin’?” said Ol’ Woman to hedge.

“Why, I be left by mom and dad, bees me, “sniffed Cuddles in blobs.




“Why, look by her, look by her, ye Stumpy,” called down Old Crow.

“Look there, see there the very sign we missed afore!” hissed Bluesy.

“Lift up that dear child Cuddles; bring her to heart’s home in tow.”

“For that Sign we have missed hangs on her coattail to point us to truesy.”




(NOTE:  My sincerest apologies to Lauren at http://lscotthoughts.com  for failing to save enough time in my hectic schedule yesterday to add this note of cross-reference and deepest gratitude for her poem on Cuddles joining granbee’s critterly journey!  This addition has been such a source of inspiration for me that poor ol’ brain is spinning with all sorts of additions to our critterly journey and quest for The Light of The One here.  I hope you will all enjoy thisCuddles addition as much as I am!  Please thank Lauren and keep up with her other wonderful posts, as well!)


66 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. willowdot21
    May 10, 2012 @ 05:33:23

    Lord help us the marks we have missed the bruises we have chosen not to see. Too much too long we’ve closed our eyes to the pain of the weak , wee uns!!
    Old Crow swept down to cuddly cuddly ole littly hurt one. Why tears from you old blusy? Don’t you see Old Crow she black she blue she hurt all through and yet she still loves those black souls who so badly treat her! Why Old Crow why?

  2. lscotthoughts
    May 10, 2012 @ 07:00:51

    Rose, this is a perfect continuation of Cuddle’s Journey; thank you so much! I love this line, too: “kicking up a dust storm of ditties and skippies in flitters” It sounds musical, in itself and life is not only about having faith in the One, but allowing the power of friends to lift others up~ Courageous Cuddles will be quite content! 🙂

    • granbee
      May 10, 2012 @ 22:37:56

      Laruen, please, please forgive me for wrestling so long with exactly how I wanted to include and highlight Cuddles that I did not save enough time before an evening meeting and class to add the note cross-referencing your site and your authorship of the Cuddles character. I have now done so! I am so much in your debt for this one, dear girl! My head is spinning with further ideas to add every couple on days on this site! Tell me: should I have the illustrator make Cuddles red-headed? We’ll do whatever your vision has shown you about Cuddles!

    • writinggomer
      May 11, 2012 @ 09:19:48

      Love your character! 🙂

      • granbee
        May 11, 2012 @ 23:17:14

        Greg, I just knew you would enjoy Laruen’s character! Thanks for the added support! Praying many blessings on you, brother!

  3. becca givens
    May 10, 2012 @ 10:39:00

    ”kicking up a dust storm of ditties and skippies in flitters
    of wondrous flopping ears and bopping crooks going all cockies”

    Wonderful lines and glad to see more on Cuddles 😀

    • granbee
      May 10, 2012 @ 22:38:49

      WOW, Becca, what WOULD I do without your enthusiastic support and commentary! So pleased you received delight from this post! Bless you!

  4. Soma Mukherjee
    May 10, 2012 @ 12:34:50

    “Look there, see there the very sign we missed afore!” hissed Bluesy…don’t we all keep missing the signs so very often…loved how have woven it in the story…
    The journey of Cuddles ….of courage and new findings continues..
    loved it 🙂

    • granbee
      May 10, 2012 @ 22:40:09

      Soma, you have made my month by saying the comment from Bluesey was interwoven successfully into this segment of our journey introducing Cuddles. Everything and everyone super-connected, seamlessly interwoven, is my goal here! Thank you!

  5. Rana Armoush
    May 10, 2012 @ 13:03:31

    Wow! Bless you dear granbee , your words enter the heart without even knocking! I just found myself reading with a rhythm close to singing:)

    • granbee
      May 10, 2012 @ 22:41:20

      Rana, you have me so uplifted I am going to flip over the moon on top of you! Imagine my words being so effective as to enter a heart without knocking! Hope you are singing through many days to come. Thank you and bless you always!

  6. Angela
    May 10, 2012 @ 15:09:54

    I love this line, Rose:
    “Look there, see there the very sign we missed afore!”
    Just because we have our eyes closed does not mean the signs are not laid out for us. Then when we do, gently rouse from our sleep, we see all the ones we missed afore 🙂

    • granbee
      May 10, 2012 @ 22:42:45

      Angela, what I have experienced in life has shown me that often our eyes are opened and we see the signs only when we forget ourselves and reach out to help someone in need, like Cuddles. Thanks so much for your insightful commentary. I will definitely keep your thoughts in mind as I continue to write this journey.

  7. eof737
    May 10, 2012 @ 20:59:32

    I like the kicking up a dust of ditties… could use some of that now. 😉

  8. claudia
    May 11, 2012 @ 00:41:09

    “Why, look by her, look by her, ye Stumpy,” called down Old Crow.

    “Look there, see there the very sign we missed afore!” hissed Bluesy.

    “Lift up that dear child Cuddles; bring her to heart’s home in tow.”…what a wonderful, seeing verse… we all too often miss the signs, maybe because we’re so busy with our own life.. i love that you see..

  9. writinggomer
    May 11, 2012 @ 08:54:20

    “Now all this storm of joy screeched right up to the edge
    Finding a broken vine leading to a muffling mound of sobs”

    This just jumped out at me, I had to read it many times before I understood why it jumped out at me though. You are going to tell me I’m nuts……

    The first line is us when we come to know Christ and are “on fire”
    In the second line, “Finding a broken vine”, that is when we have been following Jesus for a time, and begin to discover that being a true follower of Christ is work, that we have to do our part in order to receive all the blessings of the Lord.
    The last part of the second line, “leading to a muffling mound of sobs”, that is us as realization dawns that something is expected of us as disciples of Christ, and we are not sure we can cut the mustard.

    • granbee
      May 11, 2012 @ 23:19:39

      You are far, far from nuts, Brother Greg! This is an excellent exegesis of these two lines. The “work” and “what is expected” is that Second Great Commandment: “love your neighbor as yourself”. I kept thinking of that wonderful old hymn, “Rescue the Perishing” as I reviewed this post before publishing it. Wonderful feedback here, Greg! Thanks!

      • writinggomer
        May 12, 2012 @ 09:43:20

        I wasn’t sure you would see what I saw there! I must have read those two lines ten times before I finally got what I wrote. I knew there was a meaning there, I just could not put it together right away. 🙂

        • granbee
          May 12, 2012 @ 23:04:23

          Such a honor to think of you reading two of my lines 10 times! May you be richly blessed in reward for your support here!

  10. writinggomer
    May 11, 2012 @ 09:17:28

    I liked the new character Cuddles, Rose! Thank you Lauren for this contribution. 🙂

    Old Stump Woman and Mr. Jitters, dancing a jig to a merry tune
    Worshiping the Lord they are, of course they are
    No time to waste, down the trail…make haste!

    Skipping no slipping, just gitting on the way
    Following the path to see what He hath

    What noise is this?
    Whatever could possibly be amiss?

    A new critter, all alone
    Cuddles, with tears aflow, and cries aloud
    What be this, but a critter in need

    Give love and comfort, to this critter indeed
    As the One gives comfort, to His children without fee

  11. lscotthoughts
    May 11, 2012 @ 09:45:31

    You’re welcome and thank you, Greg! And this is also a wonderful rendition of Cuddles meeting up with Granbee’s critters and Jitters! 🙂

    • granbee
      May 11, 2012 @ 23:21:54

      LIsten, you guys: we MUST stop talking out of school like this! (tee,hee!–nothing thrills me more than seeing all you guys chatting away from your hearts and souls like this! My prayers for true connections of love and goodwill are SO being answered! Praise Be!)

  12. jennifer
    May 11, 2012 @ 10:13:31

    I can’t possibly improve upon what Willowdot said. My gosh. Her “commentary” matched the brilliance of the poem. You’re rich in words and friends, Rose. I admire the harmony of your verse. Your poetry sings!

    • granbee
      May 11, 2012 @ 23:23:13

      I was just hoping yesterday you would hop over here again on wordpress, Jen! So pleased to have you. Yes, aren’t I very blessed in friends and all these wonderful words. Willowdot is a true wonder, isn’t she?

  13. Danielle Street
    May 12, 2012 @ 01:06:35

    Hi Rose, I found your site from Greg’s blog. I look forward to reading and visiting more! Wonderful poetry!

  14. Sue Dreamwalker
    May 13, 2012 @ 00:27:28

    Oh Granbee, you kick up a dust storm where ever! LOL.. another great addition to your story.. Keep Dancing my friend… both feel forward.. jiggerty Hop! xxx

  15. Francina
    May 13, 2012 @ 17:25:25

    you are amazing, Rose , the way how you fit in a new character in your story! I love the way how Cuddles is received by the other critters.. and Lauren’s Cuddles has something adorable, don’t you think?
    Ciao, Francina xxx

    • granbee
      May 14, 2012 @ 22:41:43

      Yes, Cuddles is very adorable (what other kind of critter would Lauren create?)–and these characters just fit themselves in to the journey, I think! So pleased you enjoyed this post.

  16. cottonbombs
    May 14, 2012 @ 10:33:34

    Rose! So true that the sign to point us in the right direction is so close to us that we need another perspective to see.

    • granbee
      May 14, 2012 @ 22:43:07

      Yes, in life we often need to look through the eyes of another, or at least be pushed to the “edge” of our viewpoint, to truly “see” the signposts along the way of our lives! Thanks so much for this insightful commentary, Peter! So pleased to have you here!

  17. tornadoday
    May 14, 2012 @ 10:59:18

    Dearest Rose, my favorite part (although they are all favorite, for certain) ~ ‘Now all this storm of joy screeched right up to the edge Finding a broken vine leading to a muffling mound of sobs “What be this, all this cryin’ sighin’?” said Ol’ Woman to hedge.’ The greatest of all of us are those who hear the cries of the weary, even in the midst of our joy. I couldn’t help but wonder what the ‘edge’ was, and if this stop to assist Cuddles, had (in a way that I know you know) saved them from dancing right off the edge. In general, I’ve found that the times I thought I was saving someone ~ well, the person who gained the most was me. Thank you for this wonderful chapter…….. Love, B

    • granbee
      May 14, 2012 @ 22:44:36

      Tornado, very insightful of you to see that helping Cuddles actually help the other critterly friends to help themselves, to get back on track, so to speak. That is always the way compassion and reaching out work, it seems to me.

      • tornadoday
        May 15, 2012 @ 00:01:52

        Absolutely!! It’s like a secret club handshake ~ the rest of the world just sees one side ~ but we know where the real blessing lies………. Thanks, Rose.

        • granbee
          May 15, 2012 @ 22:35:12

          tornado, the Holy Spirit gives us this vision–may we always see it clearly, especially when it comes from unexpected sources!

  18. mtsweat
    May 15, 2012 @ 21:16:32

    Loved this one, granbee! …and the comments (land sakes!) are near as rewarding as the post! May we always be as the characters found in your lines… compassionate and caring, carriers of the unconditional love of Jesus! God bless, good friend.

    • granbee
      May 15, 2012 @ 22:36:24

      Bless you, M and T, for your loving and encouraging support! Yes, I seem to get into some great chats in these comments, just as picture in my penguin gravatar. Be careful what you ask for, right? (tee,hee!)

  19. bardessdmdenton
    May 18, 2012 @ 03:03:44

    Lauren is such a wonderful inspiring spirit and blogging (and FB) friend and I love what you’ve done with her Cuddles, Rose. Got carried away on the journeyto ‘trusey’ too, especially with these last lines…

    ‘“Lift up that dear child Cuddles; bring her to heart’s home in tow.”

    “For that Sign we have missed hangs on her coattail to point us to truesy.”

    • granbee
      May 18, 2012 @ 03:39:16

      Our guidance can often come from places we would overlook if not for trying to help the weak and cast-off, Diane! So very pleased you enjoyed these particular aspects in this stage of our journey. And Lauren’s Cuddles WILL be of more and more value to our friends as they travel! Hooray for Lauren!

  20. dianekratz
    Jun 02, 2012 @ 04:04:16

    Cuddles is much like the rest of us mere mortals. We are all on a journey. We have all loved and loss. We learn from these experiences on which road to take or to void. Cuddles has some great friends guiding him down the best path. Enjoyed this very much. Cuddles reminds me of a teddy bear you just want to hug!

    • granbee
      Jun 02, 2012 @ 04:13:54

      Diane, thanks so very much for quickly finding my blog and commenting here. Cuddles is actually the brain-child of Lauren over at http://lscottthoughts.com! You can find her blog from her gravatar profile. I was so inspired by this character that I immediately added her to our journeying friends here!

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