a view from under the pew: wilma the worrybird

Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist

amos the churchmouse:

a view from under the pew

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.

wilma the worrybird

the other day
boss
wilma worrybird was passing
by the church worrying
about the way she was hopping
down the sidewalk
oh dear she chirped
there s a crack
i hope i don t step on it
i wonder if it would really
break my mother s back
oh dear
hopping down a sidewalk
is so tiring – almost as bad
as crossing a street
oh dear oh dear

finally she hopped off
the sidewalk and
crossed the street
where she came
face to face with tardy turtle
boss
you remember tardy –
he s a real likable
fellow but as slow as a
century plant – anyway
he hadn t seen wilma
in a long time
so he wanted
to chat

h-e-l-l-o tardy said
slower than an aggie bug
can read

hello tardy said the
flustered worrybird
listen
i m in an awful rush
maybe
we can talk later

what-is-the-matter
asked tardy
five minutes later

oh dear
said wilma
calling over her shoulder
i m worried that i won t get
to where i m going and
then if i do get there
i m worried that i won t get
there early enough
oh dear oh dear
and she hopped
on her way
down another sidewalk
worrying even more

meanwhile
boss
robin redjoy and sally sparrow
were watching wilma s antics
with interest

robin turned to sally
and said
wilma had better
watch it she s acting
more and more like a
human being day by day

that s true
sally chirped
they sure have a
lot in common

you know
robin confided
i would really like
to know why wilma
and such humans
rush about and
worry so

sally thought and
turned to her friend
robin
i think that it must be
they have no heavenly father
like he who cares
for you and me

amos