Today a Little Part of Me Flew Away

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Today a little part of me flew away
Tears
I’d been watching from a distance
Watching your mumma and papa
Lovingly build a safe place for you
Little by little the little nest grew
Upon a solid foundation, they took it in turns
Bringing perfect substance day by day
Until one day, your home was ready
I watched as they swooped our inquisitive kitten
Guarding over your delicate shells bearing life
As if your very life depended upon it
And it did
They sat upon you so faithfully
Smothering you with love
Then one day, life broke free
Little by little you grew
Into the sweetest little twins
And mumma and papa loved you so much
I saw little open mouths, always fed
I saw gifts of creation, love and tenderness
Then you were all grown up, and sitting upon the edge
Day by day I watched and waited
Not wanting you to leave
I took this photo yesterday
I’m so pleased I did
Because today, you’re no longer there
I missed saying goodbye
Today you are gone
Today a little part of me flew away
Joy in tears
’Cause I know you are safe
And that which flew away
Has been replaced with a gentleness
Thankfulness and love for my Father, my heavenly Father

Mumma’s still hanging around though
Maybe your siblings are soon to arrive
And again, sweet life will bless both them
And me
As I see His beautiful hand of love
Reach out, just outside our bedroom door

© 2017 Liana Wendy Howarth

7 thoughts on “Today a Little Part of Me Flew Away

  1. Beautiful captured, Liana~ I love this! I once read that Charles Dickens needed no illustrator because he was such a master at conjuring up vivid imagery with words that his readers could always perfectly visualize his stories. I always feel that way whenever I read your poems, songs and stories, like Dickens, I think God has blessed you with the unique gift of being the kind of writer who is her own illustrator with words.
    May our Lord continue to bless you, my dear friend! ❤️

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    • Thank you dear friend. It’s been raining again and this time only one little baby is dry in the nest. I do hope the other is safe. I’ve been trying to work out why I feel so deeply about all of this … Maybe because they remind me a little of red robins and my english childhood … maybe! The Lord shows us such wonders each and every day and there is healing in His wings. God bless.

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  2. How very sweet! You did it the right way. When I noticed birds making a nest outside my window, I quickly took the pruning shears and open the way so I could watch more clearly. The birds never came back.

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