|Opal has a Lonely Day
| fleurs = flowers
||This day -- it was a lonely day. I did have
all its hours for
Angel Mother and Angel Father
. In-between times all day at school I did print messages for them on gray leaves I did gather on the way to school. I did tell on the leaves the longings I was having. Too, on the leaves I did tell of
and our talks as we do go walking down the
, and the poetry I do tell him in the manger. And I did print on more leaves how I do read out of the books they did make -- how I do sit in the manger and read what is in them, and he does
. And on other leaves I did tell them as how the nose of
Thomas Chatterton Jupiter Zeus
that was soreness has now well feels with prayers and
did give, and as how the head-ache of the most big rooster has now well feels with
; and as how the stomachache of
did get well feels with
that Sadie McKibben did give. And after, I did tell of how on many days in
I have had going on searches for the kisses of Angel Father, what he did tell me to keep watches for in the fleurs while he was away gone to the far lands. And on more leaves I did tell them as how
Peter Paul Rubens
that was is not now, and how I do carry about with me the little bell he always did wear in the
||And when these leaves were so done, I did not go on for a time little. For a little time I did have thinks. And the thinks I did have -- they were about the glad song. The glad song in my heart sings not bright today. It is lonesome feels I have. But I do try to have thinks as how I can bring happiness to folks about. That is such a help when lonesome feels do come.
did say, "Make earth glad, little one -- that is the way to keep the
of the glad song ever in your heart. It must not go out." I so do try to keep it there. I so do try for it is help on cold days and old days. And I did have
as how it was Angel Mother did say, "When one keeps the glad song singing in one' s heart then do the hearts of others sing."
||So I did make hard swallows to swallow all the lonesome feels and I did have thinks as how I would stop to get watercress for the
on the way home from
. She does have such a
for it. And too she does have
for singing lessons. I am saving my pennies to buy her one. All the pennies that the
man that wears gray neckties
and is kind to mice does give to me I save. I put them in the corner of the
sleeps at night. I think I have most enough pennies to buy her a singing lesson now. I have nineteen pennies. And when I grow up I am going to buy her a whole
full of singing lessons.
||When we are come, she does smooth back my curls and give me a kiss. She says when we are come, "Here is come the kingdom of heaven." I have feels she has mistakes about that, because the kingdom of heaven, being up in the sky, is there beyond the stars. And when we are come, she does have asking about the voices. And I do help her to get understandings of the thoughts growing with the fleurs and the trees and the leaves. And I do tell her as how those are God's thoughts growing right up out of the earth. And she wants to know more. Always she does ask for more. Tomorrow we will go --
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
and me -- we will go the way that does lead to the house of the girl that has no seeing.
. I went the way by the field where
Aidan of Iona
come from Lindisfarne was on yesterday. I climbed the fence. I
about. He was not there today. But there were
Bede of Jarrow
and Felix of Croyland. I did have talks with them. I went on. I went on to the
where the willows grew. I gathered watercress for the
. Then I did go my way to the
house we live in
. No one was there. I put the watercress for the mamma on the cook table. Then I did bring much wood in and put it in the woodbox back of the kitchen
||After the chickens did have their supper feed, I did go into the
. I so went to tie the messages I did print on gray leaves to the trees. And I tied one on one tree and one on another. I tied them there that they may go in thoughts to
Angel Mother and Angel Father
up in heaven there. And I did have thinks when the angels come to walk in the near woods they would see and carry them on. And I did say a little prayer every time I did tie on a leaf-message.
||I did look looks about. This woods is gray in winter when come cold days. And gray shadows walk among the trees. They touch one's face with velvet fingers when one goes walking there in the woods. In the winter old gray leaves grow to look like lace. They are very beautiful. As I did go along, I saw many gray rocks. Some gray rocks had gray and green patches on them. Some of these patches had ruffles all around their edges. The gray patches on gray rocks are lichens. My
||Lichen folks talk in gray tones. I think they do talk more when come winter days. I hear their voices more in December than I do hear their voices in July and June time.
did show me the way to listen to lichen voices. Most grown-ups don't hear them at all. I see them walk right by -- in a hurry sometimes. And all the time the lichen folks are saying things. And the things they say are their thoughts about the gladness of a winter day. I put my ear close to the rocks and I listen. That is how I do hear what they are saying. Then I do take a reed for a flute. I climb on a stump -- on the most high stump that is near. I pipe on the flute to the wind what the lichens are saying. I am piper for the lichens that
on the gray rocks, and the lichens that cling to the trees grown old.
Center for Electronic Studying, University of Oregon.
February 6, 2003