TSM 236 — Passed By

Remember the day when bluebirds flew through?
I thought for sure they’d at least stop and rest
on the window ledge, but no, onward they passed,
fast, headed for another place to take respite.

Instead I heard a quack. Parting the curtains,
my pale, pinched face looked down.
On the ground was a Muscovy duck,
looking up at me.

Well, I’ll be,” she said. “I’ve been looking for thee.
You see, I’ve been down on my luck, an unlucky duck,
you might say. But today is my lucky day.”

She ruffled her feathers and waddled away.

Throwing my coat, boots, and gloves on,
I followed her along the long-untrod grassy path
to the pond out back. She and I were joy-flustered with
the sight of a school of golden koi wiggling under
the wind’s ripples.

The largest one, with silver fins,
poked her head from the water and said,
We’ve been waiting for you. What took you so long?”

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Muscovy Duck

Carrie is the host of The Sunday Muse.

39 Comments Add yours

  1. Helen says:

    Love this flight of fancy ~~ a delight!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Helen 🙂

      Like

  2. Such an endearing little story! 🌞

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Lisa.

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  3. This is just lovely, Lisa! ❤

    ~David

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  4. memadtwo says:

    What IS taking us so long? (K)

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  5. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Great little fantasy story Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Max. I saw that pic and got a start and the rest wrote itself.

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      1. Badfinger (Max) says:

        I like fantasy stories like that…anytime animals talk…I’m there.

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  6. Sadje says:

    Love this fun poem.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sadje 🙂

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      1. Sadje says:

        Always a pleasure

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  7. qbit says:

    What a cool looking duck!

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  8. Katherine says:

    This was delightful to read … I loved it!

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  9. Truedessa says:

    A fanciful story with a message of hope that all have a place to belong.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Truedessa, I like what you see in the story ❤

      Like

  10. wyndolynne says:

    Koi are such a wonderful surprise in a dark pond. Love the luck running through this.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I like what you see in the story. Thank you, Wyndolynne.

      Like

  11. Carrie V. H. says:

    I love this story so Lisa! Wonderful and a delight to read!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Carrie 🙂

      Like

  12. dorahak says:

    Reminded me of Beatrix Potter and Jemima Puddle-duck. Nice bit of whimsy, Lisa, your joy in all creatures comes through. 🧡

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Dora thank you very much and appreciate the comparison ❤

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  13. This is simply delightful, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Keith 🙂

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  14. Gillena Cox says:

    Muscovy duck has a turkey looking kind of face.
    Happy Sunday

    Much💛love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Gillena, they are an interesting duck.

      Like

  15. Susie Clevenger says:

    Love this story. It gave me a much needed smile. Thank you

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Susie, happy it made you smile 🙂

      Like

  16. Sunra Rainz says:

    A lovely jaunt of a poem! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Sunra, thanks much 🙂

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  17. amandaVN says:

    I loved reading this. Good for the heart! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Amanda 🙂

      Like

  18. selizabryangmailcom says:

    What a sweet, uplifting poem, Li.
    I love communing with animals. I love the fact that the little dogs around the corner run up to the gate with their tails wagging when they see me but bark at other people, hehe. I love the very weird and varied sounds crows make. They’re so smart! My husband was sitting alone in a park once–sorry if I’ve told you this story already–and someone laughed behind him. He turned around. No one there. It came again: “Ha….ha…ha…ha…” He started getting REALLY perturbed. Looked up. A crow was staring down at him from the tree. Then it opened its beak and THAT’S WHO WAS LAUGHING! True story. I guess they’re just amazing mimickers, lol !!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Stacie, I’m delighted that my poem reminded you of these precious moments in your life ❤ Appreciate you sharing them here and smile as I think of them.

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  19. selizabryangmailcom says:

    You’re welcome!

    Liked by 1 person

  20. A wonderful whimsical tale, Lisa!

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