Saturday, May 14, 2011

Magpie Tales 65

The dashing, wealthy Francis Bernandone was ceasing to exist; he was becoming a different person, one who was humble and caring. He was growing aware of the natural world and often went on walks through the Italian countryside.

During one of these walks, two birds flew down to him, and an immediate connection sprang up. Francis received a very clear message from the birds.

The communication touched his heart, not his ears. It was moving and profound. He had a new perception of himself and the world around him. Francis's purpose was henceforth to teach others the interconnectedness of all God's creatures through living example.

As he set out to start this new life, Francis noticed that wherever he went animals followed him and helped him to communicate the lessons he was teaching.

by the Creative Writing Circle at A Life Well Lived

Magpie Tales is the vision of Tess Kincaid. If you would like to participate, just post your poem or vignette--based on Tess Kincaid's photo prompt--on your blog and link back to


  1. A wonderful story of transformation, simply yet profoundly laid out. I am particularly struck by the phrase"ceasing to exist"; how it speaks of not a death but rather of a becoming.

  2. A beautiful storyl Thank you for always sharing.

  3. St Francis is one of the best loved saints not just for his love of animals but for his humility. Lovely write

  4. An excellent post about his transformation.

  5. I love you writing. You are so creative, I took a look at this after you last post. I thought maybe I will some day try my had at writing a bit. I did my first try at a different form of poetry last week. And found it was wonderful But not so easy to just do again. Words have to hit you and you let them flow. Have a wonderful week. E

  6. Great, great write that beautifully describes the evolution of St. Francis. Vb

  7. Thanks, Lynne! As radically as St. Francis had been transformed, I think that he truly found a new life of joy.

  8. Thanks, Smiles! I'm glad you liked the story!

  9. Hi Bee! His humility is expressed beautifully in the Prayer of Saint Francis; it's been put to music which is so meaningful at Mass. I also love the Blessing of the Animals on his Saint's Day.

  10. Thanks, Grammy! I like your creativity in working in several media at once. You always have something new!

  11. I like this one best. It is a lovely narrative of Francis's life and world. I would even call it tender and intimate. Beautifully done!

  12. love your poetry talent here,

    inviting you to join Poets Rally by submitting a poem, any poem is welcome.

    hope to see you in.
    keep entertaining!
    You Rock!

    love your blog and everything...smiles.