Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
and Tora Estep

 Tora Estep
“The Magpies”
Inspiration piece

Mate for Life
By Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

A kind old woman died one day.
Her husband died days after.
He was sad without her singing.
He was lost without her laughter.
This couple had so many plans
for next year and tomorrow
but when she died, his tender heart
just overflowed with sorrow.
The family cried.
The neighbors cried.
They were too good.
That’s why they died.
Hundreds stood in dress up clothes
hugging pair by pair.
One child looked up and pointed
at two magpies on a blooming branch.
They lifted four new azure wings
and disappeared in morning air.


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