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The Mourning Dove

Updated on May 25, 2017
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A father, freelance writer and one hell of a cook, Larry Ray Palmer currently resides in a small North East Missouri farm community.

Photo courtesy of Palmer W.Cook
Photo courtesy of Palmer W.Cook

copyright March of 2008

 

Today I stepped outside. The snow was gently falling. I saw her land in the branches of the tree and soon the mourning dove was calling. It made me stop and wonder just what she had to mourn, flying high above the world on the breath of wind, free from chains or thorns.

What was it she called out to? What had she left behind? Was she not free and winged? Why does this bird now cry?

It brought me then to wonder, in my melancholy mood, are we all not mourning doves who sing our own sad tunes?

We live our separated lives and go from year to year, complaining of the things we lost and mourning for deaf ears. Why does the mourning dove now call, I think I understand. She doesn't mourn for just herself. She mourns the course of Man.

Man enters on the world with nought and leaves it just the same. He grieves for all the things he lost and with no thought to what is gained. We live our single, shallow lives and dream of what may come but we never sing a happy tune for the day that's just begun.

A child is born, an old man dies, a child grows up, a widow cries. The things between are left ignored by those to whom the dove implores.

The dove has called, the challenge brought, Will you cherish now or mourn the lost?

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      Larry Ray Palmer 5 years ago from Macon, Missouri

      Thanks Mourning Dove Owner. Yes, the mourning dove is a beautiful bird. One of the many interesting bird species which will mate for life and die when the mate is removed or dies. Perhaps if humans had inherited the same trait, the world would be a much safer place for hearts...

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      Mourning Dove Owner 5 years ago

      Well, at least you have freedom just to see the dove. I wound up with a female mourning dove, and she is so adorable. I wish I could find it a mate. It now is doing that short ROOOOO mating grunt sometimes when it sees me. It also coos too, but females don't coo the same as the males, it is more subdued.

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      Larry Ray Palmer 7 years ago from Macon, Missouri

      Thanks Archer. I'm glad you enjoyed and I hope you get the chance to read some of the others.

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      Archer 7 years ago

      Lovely, I have been searching for something like this and this one is the first I've found with such a beautiful feel. Thanks for posting!

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      Larry Ray Palmer 7 years ago from Macon, Missouri

      Thank you very much. I am glad you found it to have meaning.

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Hey, you can write.. this piece touched me deeply - thank you!

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      Larry Ray Palmer 7 years ago from Macon, Missouri

      Hi Becca, Welcome to my web... I am glad you enjoyed and I thank you for the encouraging comments.

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      Mizzery Chick 7 years ago from Outside your window...

      Beautiful work. You've caught me in your web, now it's time to read more. : )

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      Larry Ray Palmer 7 years ago from Macon, Missouri

      Thank you Elyse. I am glad you enjoyed it.

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      Elyse Eaton 7 years ago

      Very Moving. Love it.

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      Larry Ray Palmer 7 years ago from Macon, Missouri

      Thanks Arthur and Rope... It is great to have people to share my thoughts with and I meet such great writers at the same time.

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      Larry Ray Palmer 7 years ago from Macon, Missouri

      Thanks for reading and commenting 2uesday. It seems holidays are a difficult time for many of us. I hope you have a good one.

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      The Rope 7 years ago from SE US

      I am thrilled to have found this. It's wonderful and I'm definately sharing it - so many others need to read it.

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      Arthur Gulumian 7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Interesting work — really quite unique. I did enjoy the approach nice work.

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      2uesday 7 years ago

      Thank you for this - I am going to print it out and keep it... I do try to live in the present. This time of year though sometimes the 'mourning dove' calls to me because there is someone I am missing.

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      Larry Ray Palmer 7 years ago from Macon, Missouri

      Good to hear from you Vern. I wish you lots of luck in taking up the challenge. I have been digging through some of my old files and ran across that piece and thought it was fitting for the season. Did youu see the other one I posted tonight? I really think you would enjoy it as well.

      https://hubpages.com/literature/Observations-From-...

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      Vernon Bradley 7 years ago from Yucaipa, California

      Whoa, poetry in prose!! I can hear the dove. I will take the challenge and cherish tonight and tomorrow morning. Thanks for the challenge. Maybe I can get something new started and keep it going.