2/17 amos

Editor’s note: In light of Valentine’s Day just past, a reader asked about Amos’ love life, and, in response, he has requested we re-run this column about Jenny, his next-door neighbor, with whom he has fallen in love (although he prefers to say, “grew in love,” and it does seem to have a more natural ring to it). Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens.

amos pursues his sweetheart

boss i know that you
know about jenny the cute
little mouse next door

in fact i still remember
the little freeway you
built from my matchbox
to hers and the two signs
at each end that read sourly
mouse-to-mouse
communication

maybe i didn t appreciate it
at the time boss but that
phrase says quite a lot
after all what is love but
a deeper communication –
a communication that is
more than just the sharing
of words and thoughts but
the sharing of ourselves

speaking of communication
have you noticed that the
paper supply around here is
dwindling

i can t find any
more computer paper to write
my poems to jenny or wrap
her flowers or send her candy
in – even the tissue paper the
kitchen napkins and toilet
paper are becoming endangered
species around here – what
are you doing with it all
question mark here boss

when i think about jenny
i feel a feeling composed
of many feelings
none of which resemble
heartburn or acid indigestion
as you so profoundly suggested
the other day and my love
wasn t at all affected by
your alka-seltzer

my love ripples and flows
within me its swells lash
into the boat-filled bays of
my consciousness affecting
even the dirt beaches of my
external world

jenny s love for christ
and for me has deepened
my own awareness
and love for christ
in fact it has made
my life an amplifier
of his love everywhere

for when two in love
love jesus more
jesus loves through the two
deeper than either loved before

looking at this now boss i
think a mouse s efforts would
be in vain and have no purpose
if he knows no experience
of jesus love –

his would be the empty life

amos

p s – boss just to reiterate
about the paper supply i don t
know what you ve been doing
with it all but we re really
running low so when you
order the next ream get the
kind with the yellow and
blue flowers and ducks all
over it jenny likes the
flowers i like the ducks