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Sidney seeks god


Amos the church mouse

amos the churchmouse:

a view from under the pew

Editor's note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys but he can't use the shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks — except for hyphens and dashes.

sidney seeks god

one evening last week

boss i bumped into a

little flashing red light

it was sidney the shutterbug

i m on my way to

find god says he

so i thought i would

start at the church

pew underworld

church house but

nobody s there - not

even pastor leroy beetle

i m here says me

oh you don t count

says he you re always

here like last year s

old shoes whether we

need you or not - you re

not at all like god

thanks a lot says me you ve

really made my day sid

now why don t you go away

oh you know what i mean

says he but he flew away


boss he flew from one place

to another without much

success he flitted from

one religious function to

another he cried at

bugtussle s biggest

funerals he dodged rice

at bugtussle s finest

society weddings

but still god was nowhere

in sight

sidney flew from the

grandest cathedrals

to the lowliest tents

and god was either

coming or god had

already went

god was nowhere to

be found neither in

the country nor in the

big bad town

sidney then tried to join

the french flying - not

frying boss - legion but

they were looking for

dive-bombing mosquitoes

so he went to join the

navy sea bees but he

couldn t pass as an

underwater flying bee

he was hoping to find

god in the trenches and

the horrors of war-is-hell

fighting but to no avail

finally boss sid flittered

home discouraged and

despairing of his quest

oh where is god he moaned

and wailed i ve searched

in the highest heavens and

even in the lowest hell

but then along came sally

the lowly sugar ant who was

weeping and crying over her

fate in life

no one cares about me cried

she look at the state of my

misery i m down and out

not a penny to count

no bread or food tell me then

where s the good

sally dragged all six of her

legs no one cares there s no

light to see no way for me

but then she looked up and

saw the flickering flashes

of sid s little light

oh what a pretty sight how

lovely and bright sally cried

with delight god still loves

me god still cares - to send

someone with such a cheerful


and somehow boss sidney

understood that god was there

all along and didn t need to

be found at all - after all he

wasn t lost he just needed to be

seen with the eyes of faith

you know amos sidney said to me

it s a mistake to think that god

is only - or even chiefly -

concerned with religion

he is the essence of life love

joy and serenity



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