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My Special Friend
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By Louis Gander
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My Special Friend

Sad I, the tiny sparrow was.

I wasn't very big.

Yet happy were my friends in flight,

from limb to branch to twig.


I couldn't eat as others did

and didn't seem to grow.

I'd follow quite a ways behind.

I was too weak and slow.


Yes, they had teased and laughed at me

when I was back in school.

They'd scoff, then fly away from me.

Some kids can be so cruel.


Yet growing up, I was okay

here living out-of-doors.

So optimistically I grew -

but when it rains, it pours.


A violent gust of wicked wind

had hurled me to the ground!

The other birds had seen me fall -

so they had gathered 'round.


A Shepherd came when I had felled -

so sudden and abrupt.

My sore and crippled body then

was in His hands He cupped.


I saw some ugly, rugged scars

cut deep into those hands.

My wing was hurt, I couldn't fly.

This wasn't in my plans.


He raised me up.  It frightened me!

The other sparrows hushed.

Because I didn't know His love

I thought that I'd be crushed!


Believing things that I could see,

I held to physical.

Unknown, the things that I could not,

I feared the spiritual.


Yet now He holds and cares for me

unlike those other birds.

I can't describe the peacefulness.

I just can't find the words.


It's odd that I once feared the Lord

when I was on the mend.

But I have learned He loves me so.

Now He's my special friend.


©2015 louis gander

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Submitted: Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 8, 2015

About the Poet
Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1954. It's the poem's message that matters- not the poet.

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