Just a bit of a bird, but I loved her as much
As one can care for a biddy;
In my careless youth she was just the right touch.
Though she died as a chick, more's the pity.
She moped all day long; I, of course, wondered why:
A bug in her craw? That must be it!
I scissored her open, looked in with a sigh,
But a bug? I just didn't see it.
I scraped out the rocks and I sewed her up well
With a needle and thread I had stolen.
I was proud of my work till it started to swell,
Till, in fact, it was terribly swollen.
P-38 lived about three days I guess
But in spite of my best, she was dying.
When Daddy found out who had made the big mess,
He wore out my backside for trying.
We buried P-38, figured we ought;
Held church to pray for my vice;
My surgical skills weren't as sharp as I thought
And P-38 paid the price.
R. Joan Geiger 1990