“……and have you ever heard an old crow belly-laugh?”


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“……and have you ever heard an old crow belly-laugh?”

 

 

 

 

Old Crow spots a lush field of succulent peas,

Hiding under fronds stretching for miles under evergreens.

High mountain-valley meadow holding much to please

And sighing caws does Old Crow beak over these worthy beans.

 

 

Just now Old Crow spies there a gorgeously plummaged one,

A veritable Lady Crowser so daintily pecking at just one pea.

Pretty, pretty most specialest beauty of a lady, so madey

Like those peas to please all friends and mostly Old Crow in plea.

 

 

Just as Crow circles to swoop down to bow to this Lady,

Ugly Cird calls about far away sounds from the riverine seasides:

“Such ugly, ugly bawling sqawling voice we uns do hear, ol’ Matey”

“Can we uns gather pease and quick, quick, get away to friend’s cave, besides?”

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“……such bright clean hugs for sleep dancing!”


 

 

 

 

 

“……such bright clean hugs for sleep dancing!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So now did all friends stretch and breathe in space

Of High Room so wide and clean and glinting all to shine

All in blending stripes as Cuddles patted Donkey brow in trace

Of missing mommy now flowing twixt the two like twine.

 

 

 

“Ah, shush, shush, “did yawn out Ugly Bird in lullaby time.

“Spy ye now Mr. Jitters tipping and toeing in waltz so slow!”

Croaked Crow: “Now ye learns secret of King’s dance so sublime.

“What began as shepherding jitter re-forms for  worship so!”

 

“……we’uns never have enough room!”


 

“……we’uns never have enough room!”

Squeezed together with pinchey toes

An’ scrapin’ bellies

An’ knockin’ noggins in blows

All down in the’ boggins shrillies.

Squished ‘n squashed an’ pressin’ blows

On long-ago nervsies.

 

 

Topsy-turvsies all-a-boggle

No whit of glee did find a thrill to toggle

Where friends were smashin, clashin’

All twistin’ an’ bustin’ w’elbow so thrashin’

Were friends seekin’ safety from snortin’ beasties

So hungry for the husks o’ their berries in feasties.

 

 

“Turn ye selves rightside up, ye goonies in den!”

Old Crow then did flap so scratched a croak

From one-toed perch on ledge just then,

“Does not ye see new ray of light in stroke,

“Pointing to door,  secret door, to Higher Room of kin?”

 

 

 

 

“…….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!)

“……and you say they are dancing and jabbering because of the LIGHT?


 

 

 

 

 

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Lenten Journey – Day 35
Biblical Scripture: Acts 2:14-24
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27-Mar-12: Acts 2:14-24

4 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

17 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares,

that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,

and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

and your young men shall see visions,

and your old men shall dream dreams.

18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women,

in those days I will pour out my Spirit;

and they shall prophesy.

19 And I will show portents in the heaven above

and signs on the earth below,

blood, and fire, and smoky mist.

20 The sun shall be turned to darkness

and the moon to blood,

before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.

21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

22 “You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— 23 this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. 24 But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power.

 

 

 

 

“……and you say they are dancing and jabbering because of the LIGHT?

 

 

 

“Merriwe we uns rollsees alongsees and we jumpsees and skipsees.”

So did friends climb on and on, reeling and rocking in utmost glee.

Tootsies, wootsies, we uns so feelin’ in bootsies, no ripsees.”

So did critterly folk wake up sleeping bugs and creepings in scree.

 

 

“What mean ye, ye blasting critters?” called out the boatman below.

“What mean ye, bringing such a row to this peaceful place? “crumbled the frycook in smoke.

“Why, hush ye, stop thee, most blinded lake folk,” screeched out Old Crow.

“Ye see most blessed friends all washed in Holy Ghost, inside and out in a stroke.”
 

“……..and you say we are now BROTHERS and SISTERS, no matter our fur or skin?”


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Lenten Journey – Day 24
Biblical Scripture: Ephesians 1:7-14
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16-Mar-12: Ephesians 1:7-14

7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace

8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight

9 he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ,

10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

 

 

 

 

“……..and you say we are now BROTHERS and SISTERS, no matter our fur or skin?”

 

 

 

 

“So now we go on?  Now we climb up again to all those many lights?”

So did all friends, all critters, all folksey-wolkseys quire of Old Crow.

“Oh, thou creeping crawlers and stompy marchers, first take some bites.”

So did Old Crow with Ugly Bird squawk down at friends below.

 

“Yes, help your brothers, help your sisters, gather and snip berried seeds.”

“What, what mean ye, Old Cawkers?  We all furry-skurry so different, ye know!”

“What, what mean ye, High Squawkers?  We not kin, we not kin in creeds!”

“Yes, yes, oh tawky-mawky ones!  Ye be all kin by sign of Babe,washing of light-bow!”

“……and you say they took gold and left tin?”


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Lenten Journey – Day 22
Biblical Scripture: Mark 11:15-19 Open Invitation to Join Terri from

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14-Mar-12: Mark 11:15-19

15 Then they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves;

16 and he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple.

17 He was teaching and saying, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.”

18 And when the chief priests and the scribes heard it, they kept looking for a way to kill him; for they were afraid of him, because the whole crowd was spellbound by his teaching.

19 And when evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“……and you say they took gold and left tin?”

 

 

All healedy up and sealedy up for climb up for gifts

All leaning and stretching each to other in quests

For Ol’ Crow squawked and talked of stores in drifts

For friends all sealed in gold for Babe’s dear guests.

 

Crawling and hopping and sudden stopping

To bow and kneel in giving thanks with all great awe

So quietsy, so meeksy did Croaker hop to rocks outcropping

“What ho, what hi?  Dirty lead, all empty now here to paw!”

“…………..and you say all those folks back there are foolish?”


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Lenten Journey – Day 19
Biblical Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
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11-Mar-12: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

 

18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

19 For it is written,”I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.

22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom,

23 but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,

24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

25 For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

 

 

“…………..and you say all those folks back there are foolish?”

 

 

“Ohsee, meesee, mysee–we just bees so silly-willy-nilly, all fallen down!”

So did Stumpy and Littley and Spottedy and all friends hugged in rest.

“Oh, now ye be stopped; now ye be all whopped out, “did Old Crow caw to crown

Those healing and panting friends with love from above for holding in breast.

 

“Oh, but wesee beesee so most foolsee-woolsee, can’t you see, Old Caw?”

“Whysee usees, sent to quest, climb, crawl to east for light, Light, LIGHT?”

“Why, know ye not?  Have ye not seen?  Have ye not been? Have ye not held that Paw?”

“Ye most lovely crittery ones walk in proof ye hold none wise but The One of Might!”

“………..and you say we are strong enough build on?”


 

 

 

 

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Lenten Journey – Day 16
Biblical Scripture: 1 Peter 2:4-10
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8-Mar-12: 1 Peter 2:4-10

4 Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and

5 like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

10 Once you were not a people,but now you are God’s people;once you had not received mercy,but now you have received mercy.

 

 

 

 

 

“………..and you say we are strong enough build on?”

 

 

“Hurry now, scurry now, oh ye pokey, proddy critterly ones!”

“March down through the rocks and blocks and tick-tocks here now”

So did Old Crow and Crookeye and Ugly Bird did call them in tones

To scramble and tumble and speed on their way without call to bow.

 
“Much use will ye be cross yon deep canyoned raging stream!

“So good will ye be to hold up the road to cross that wilding blue!”

“What mean ye, we not be strong, we not be long, we just light beam!”

“Why, know ye not, ye are made strong as these rocks by His grace to true!”
 

 

 

 

“………and just WHY did you say I am glowing all around the edges?”


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Lenten Journey – Day 15
Biblical Scripture: John 12:36-43
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7-Mar-12: John 12:36-43

36 While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.”

 

 

“………and just WHY did you say I am glowing all around the edges?”

 

 

All rested and bested for the morrow the friends did stretch and grab

the cloaks and totes, little pluckies for nibbling and scrabbling through the day

All lifted and bowed and slid as one down the far slope as though a tab

marked the very narrow spot where all must file to leave that dear peak in dismay.

 

But, wait, what is that we hear, what is that we peer to see all crookley of eye?

But, halt, but breathe, but sigh and gasp, what is that goldy, whitey light of shape?

“Oh, am I on fire, am I being swallowed by sun, by this sparkley line on my bye?

“Dear, dear Stumpy, you Clumpy One, that is the Light of your adoption,” whistled Old Crow.

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