Stories by Alice B. Clagett


 

Donkey Song
a story by Alice B. Clagett

This account is entirely fictional.

[singing ...]

He was playing 'Pin the Tail on the Donkey',
with a blindfold on his eyes,
They spun him him around, 
and before he could blink,
he pinned his tail on the wall.
Yeah, he pinned his tail on the wall.

He was playing 'Pin the Tail on the Donkey'.
Put a blindfold on his eyes,
They spun him him around, 
and around and around,
and he pinned that tail on the wall.

We'll all have a thought for the man who played
'Pin the Tail on the Donkey'.
We'll all have a thought for that dizzy guy
who pinned his tail to the wall.

[speaking ...]

One day, full of despair,
in the darkest night,
he walked down by the ocean.
And when he got to the shore,
he walked to the beach.
And when he got to the beach,
he walked to the surf.
And when he walked to the surf,
he walked to the deeper water.
And the water got very, very deep;
and he just kept on walkin'.

[sighs ...]

And after a while,
If you had the wings of an angel,
you could see him floating
out towards the sea.

You could see him
floating on his back,
just his chest
bobbin' in the waves.

And he looked  ...
he looked like he was peaceful ...
he looked like he was happy ...
he looked like he felt
that things were going to be ok ...

[sibilant whisper] And his wife said: 
"There are plenty of fish in the sea!"

[speaking ...]

And a day went by ...
and a week or two ...

And the body that he had known
as his very own
sunk down deep into the waves,
down into the bottom
of the ocean.

And then one day,
after the full moon,
in the early morning hours,
just at dawn,
he woke up,
near that very body.

And he said,
"Oh, my! What ... what has happened?
 

"What is going on?
Here I see my body
deep down, in the bottom of the sea floor.

"And I feel like I need to be near it.
and I can't go anywhere.
I can't get away from it; I can't leave it ...
I have to stay right here."

And I said:

"It's going to be dawn any minute.
If you will rise up, out of the water,
you could see the Sun rising."

He paused ... and then he said:

"Not right now.
I can't do it right now
."

And I said:

"Ok. I'll wait until ... until you're ready.
And when you're ready,
we'll see what happens."

Preview of Coming Attractions

Then one day,
some time later on,
in a dream,
I saw him rising up from the ocean floor,
into the sunlight of a New Dawn.

And I heard a song. It went like this ...

[singing ...]

Well, he was guy
with a wife and child,
and he loved them
most of all.

But then he got dizzy,
and in a tizzy,
he pinned his tail to the wall ...
yeah, he pinned his tail to the wall.

Yes, you'll find him there,
floating away,
on a sea of vast despair ...

And then he woke up,
and he said: What's up?
I thought I was way down there ...

On the bottom of the ocean,
the deep, blue sea ...
and now I'm up in the air!

And I said: "Dear heart,
please don't despair,

Your momma is waiting there.

"If you'll turn to the Light,
to your great delight,
you'll find your momma in the air.

"If you'll turn to the Light,
to your great delight,
you'll find that momma in the air ...

"No more despair ...
no more despair!"

[speaking ...]

And then I saw a woman waiting for him,
with a big smile on her face,
and arms outstretched ...

And I heard her sing a song ...
and it went like this ...

[singing ...]

She said: "My son, my son,
you're the wonderful one,
please be of good cheer.

"My son, my son,
you're the wonderful one,
I'm so happy you are here."

She said: "My son, my son,
you're the wonderful one.
You're the one I'll always love.

"Come right here
and give me a hug ...
Good to see you, thank the heavens above ...
good to see you, thank the heavens above."

[speaking ...]

And she took her finger,
and she wiped a tear from his cheek,
and she gave him a big, big hug
and she said ...

"It's so wonderful to see you!
Will you come with me?
I have something to show you ..."

And they walked up
to a great, white Light ..

And I could see
a kind of a white, glowing place there,
like the white, shiny inside of an oyster shell,
that kind of a thing.
only very bright.

I was looking ...
I was watching ...
and I saw them walk up that way ...

And then, all in the blink of an eye,
I didn't see them any more.
But I heard a song,
that very same song ...

[singing ...]

"My son, my son,
you're the wonderful one,
please be of good cheer.

"My son, my son,
you're the wonderful one ...
it's so wonderful to have you here.

"It's so great that you are here.
Oh, it's a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful day,
now that I have you here."

a gift from Alice B. Clagett
10 June 2014


Audio: http://www.2u3d.com/stories/stories-audio/donkey-song.mp3

Video: https://youtu.be/gjR1XMw2NbY


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