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  • Dearest One,

    As you approach a very special birthday I write you this letter to let you know how I feel about you. You have touched my life in so many ways in the very short time since I met you. Sometimes it seems as though I have known you all my life and when I look at the calendar and realize it has been less than a year I am astonished.

    I must say when I first saw you my jaw dropped. You are, of course, quite beautiful and there is always that. But I also sensed something important about you, something I could not quite put my finger on, something timeless and vital and so, so... compelling. I realized when I found you that I had unknowingly been on a quest to find you all along. You satisfied a hunger I had not known I felt and filled a void I was unaware of until your sweet presence saturated its depths.

    You introduced me to all your wonderful friends and now so many of them have become my friends as well-- artists and photographers, musicians and poets, storytellers and wordsmiths. They are great treasures to me and I love them all dearly. Your world, dear one, is primordial and exotic and radical, yet tender and fragile at the same time. I love being in its atmosphere. Your openness and inclusiveness make you wildly sexy and I love that about you, even though I know it means you cannot be as attentive as I might like with so many others requiring your time and ministrations. I love everything about you, dear Cowbird. Yes, everything, even the unpredictability. Probably most especially that.

    Though so much swirls all around you and through you, you remain still, silent, enigmatic. Where did you come from before you were born and where are you going? Where are you taking us? Perhaps I will never know. But I know this-- because of you I now live a fiercer life. I look, live and love deeper, ever deeper. How can I ever thank you enough for this priceless gift?

    With love and gratitude,

    Written for Facebook Cowbirders group project to commemorate Cowbird's first birthday on December 8th. Submissions from all Cowbird authors are welcome. Please send to by Wednesday, December 5th.

    photo credit: moosealope, fickr creative commons
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