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“Small Things That Have No Words”

Sparrow by Brombo
Sparrow, a photo by Brombo on Flickr.

I thought that I had sorted through all of my Mom’s things except her journals, which I’m purposely leaving until last. But, this morning I found the box we used to pack up her room the day she died.

These were the last books she read, the last things she had handled before she became unable to communicate. It’s been a very emotional morning.

I found her little hoard of salt, and her Bible with it’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary (much easier than always checking the internet…I’m keeping that one!) Her love of history comes through in her choice of clippings she saved.

She wrote poetry on the blank pages of all her books, or copied other’s poems.

Here’s one I found which so perfectly expressed my Mom’s heart for animals and “underdogs”! I can’t find any citations for it except “traditional”.

Dear Father hear and bless

Thy beasts and singing birds

And guard with tenderness

Small things that have no words.

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