Won’t You Stay? A Short Story for Anyone who has ever had to Leave.

Via Toby Israel
on Jan 17, 2017
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A bird came to rest on a branch outside my window one day. It sang such a beautiful tune, I nearly cried.

“Won’t you stay?” I asked the little bird.

“I could stay,” it replied, “but that is not what these wings were made for.”

A fawn appeared on the hill outside my window one day. Its silent grace was so lovely, I nearly cried.

“Won’t you stay, and rest by my side?” I asked.

“I could stay,” it answered, “but that is not what these legs were made for.”

A fish jumped in the river outside my window one day. It moved with such effortless joy, I nearly cried.

“Won’t you stay?” I called to it hopefully.

“I could stay,” it answered, “but that’s not what these fins were made for.”

A man knocked on my window one day. His eyes were such pools of wild grace as he watched me pack my bags. Tears slipped from my eyes.

“Won’t you stay?” He asked, though his heart knew the answer.

“I could stay,” I whispered, “but that’s not what I was made for.”

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Author: Toby Israel

Image: Used with permission from Paula Barkmeier

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About Toby Israel

Toby Israel is an incorrigible vagabond. She travels in search of dragons, searches and cross-cultural understanding. Avid dancer, yogi, cook and lover of words, she is inspired by movement and poetry, good food and new things. She studied Anthropology at Middlebury College and now works as a writer, editor, and consultant. She also continues to find her way in the world as a 21st century nomad, and you can share her journey on her website, and on FacebookInstagram and Twitter!

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