Under the pew by gary mitchell

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, 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.

Sammy seeks consolation

i noticed sammy
salamander sitting
on a stump all by himself
one day looking so forlorn
and being the psychological
sort of mouse that i am
i decided to observe
animal nature at its best
consoling its fellow animalkind

sally spider was the first
to wander past sammy who
was noticeably groaning by now

hey sammy – what s the
matter – what happened
question mark here boss

it s probably one of the
greatest tragedies of my life
so far sammy said i m still
just sorta stunned you know

wow – you look like you lost
your best friend sammy

i did sammy nodded petey
the pollywog died

pollywog – yuck – sally said
and hurried away on all eight
of her legs

a dismayed sammy looked
down at the ground – which
wasn t that far away – and
moaned we were as close as
salamanders and frogs could be

about then louie the songdog
happily padded by – hallelujah
brother praise the lord – hey
what s this down-in-the-mouth trick

well you see sammy started to
explain my best friend petey
the pollywog died

but louie didn t hear boss
he was on a ministerial roll
well don t you worry about
that he said if he s washed
in the fountain he ll be
swimming down the streets
of gold in frog heaven but
you boy don t you know a
christian ought to be happy –
happy happy happy – now you
need to get the ol joy back
in again – let s see the ol smileroo

sammy tried to smile but it
just wasn t working boss

attaboy now louie was saying
just keep smiling and praising
the lord and before you know it
the joy will be right back in
there – hallelujah brother – see
ya later – and off louie trotted
wagging his tail all the way

then robin redjoy flew
over sammy and saw his
predicament – hey sammy
how re ya doing

not too well sammy said
my best friend petey died

oh that s too bad but i m
in a hurry – gotta go – see
ya later – hope your friend
gets to feeling better soon

sammy just sort of muttered
to himself nobody really cares
i feel like jumping off a bridge
somewhere

then sammy noticed freddie the
flea who had quietly hopped
over to sammy s stump

freddie you look sad – what
happened to you

somebody real close to me died
last night freddie said it s just
so hard for me to understand
why does god allow things
like that to happen

i don t know freddie sammy said
something like that just
happened to me i sorta
know how you feel
it hurts pretty bad doesn t it

yeah it sure does freddie said

and they both sat there in
silence pondering and feeling
one another s pain boss

i guess we re feeling a little like
how god may have felt when
jesus died on the cross
sammy said thoughtfully

yeah i guess you re right
i hadn t thought about that –
thanks sammy

yeah i feel a little better myself
thanks freddie

sometimes boss we don t really
know how to minister to one
another – all it takes is a little
understanding and compassion –
just a willingness to weep with
those who weep

amos