One day Tiny was gone

I don’t know what happened

We were together for years

Ever since we met on the shore


We traveled all over the country

From the Midwest to the Gulf

Seldom were we far apart

Tiny vanished without a trace


I may have been careless and

Unthinking, taking tiny for grantedl

Even now I see Tiny’s crystal eyes

I miss that hard constant caresses


It was sudden and shocking

Tiny had disappeared before

But always eventually came back

I really miss my little quartz rock.


May 27, 2015



Author: Walter Birdwell

Born in Missouri in 1942, Walter Birdwell graduated from the University of Missouri in 1964 with a BA in creative writing. Immediately enlisted in the US army to avoid the draft and was in the US army from 1964 to 1967. Married Yolanda Garza a month after discharge from the Army and have been married forty-five years. Walter is a progressive political activist and has been for about fifty years and a follower of Pagan religious tradition for about twenty years. Have previously published newspaper articles in The Southern Patriot and the New York City Guardian newspapers (both defunct progressive newspapers) in the 1970s and have recently published articles in The Missouri Chigger, an Ozark area magazine, and the Brownsville Herald. Enjoys writing, sculpture, hunting, fishing, hiking, birdwatching, reading, traveling, and all outdoor activities.


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