In His Arms Securely Fold You

A perch it keeps precarious

The hen still and breathing

Its life blood only fleeting

A perch it keeps precarious

Sleeping

Darkness settles heavy

The door left open, welcomes wide

Something stealthy creeps inside

Darkness settles heavy

Dying

Light of day peers into eyes

Blinking, waking hens descend

Two remain who met their end

Light of day peers into eyes

Unblinking

Gathered in ‘midst muffled sobs

Feathers, head, so sorry, girls

See how Patches’ foot still curls

Gathered in ‘midst muffled sobs

Waiting

Gapes wide open earthen grave

Kids’ farewell to feathered friends

Death’s sting swallowed e’en for hens

Gapes wide open earthen grave

Glorified

Till we meet again, Patches and Aurora (March 2019-February 25, 2020)

2 thoughts on “In His Arms Securely Fold You

    • I didn’t realize I’d utilized a motif at all! Gathered at the Lord’s feet? He gathers us into His arms? Like a hen gathers her chicks under her wing? I think I’m starting to get it now. 3 Nephi 10 v. 4-6 in The Book of Mormon:
      “O ye people of these great cities which have fallen, who are descendants of Jacob, yea, who are of the house of Israel, how oft have I gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and have nourished you.
      And again, how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, yea, O ye people of the house of Israel, who have fallen; yea, O ye people of the house of Israel, ye that dwell at Jerusalem, as ye that have fallen; yea, how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens, and ye would not.
      O ye house of Israel whom I have spared, how oft will I gather you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, if ye will repent and return unto me with full purpose of heart.”

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