The little boy of three sits gazing out of the open window,hearing,
Hearing the song of the Woodpecker echoing in the mountains!
The song strikes a chord of sadness in the child’s heart- wonder
What the song means,(melancholy in the silence that falls ‘tween).
He misses his parents who’ve gone to work and their absence
Wrenches at the chords in his heart! Oh! that a child should feel
The sadness of a brief parting! The scent of the incense wafts in
From the church nearby! The chant of the prayers sinks into his
Consciousness. The evenings turn pleasant with grown up girls
Taking him to church. They laugh and talk and carry or guide the
Little boy on. For, to say a prayer for a dear one, they bid him
Wait at the porch. The song of the woodpecker returns mixed
With the scent of myrrh, bitter-sweet, cloying to the sense.
The girls carry the little boy home, laughing and joking, but the
Little boy is sad having learned the lesson of life, that nothing is
Permanent, and each parting from loved ones brings sadness!
The song of the woodpecker and the scent of incense say it all!
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