Sparrowhawk, Brownie and Crow

Dawn is breaking in the field full clover close to the old barn at the end of town. Mr. Sparrow, Brownie, and Crow were wide-awake on there way down the narrow path of old growth trees.

Everyday they would gather to talk, for they had a growing curiosity about the overgrowth across the way under the fencerow.

“Tomorrow is the day!”, Crow a bit rowdy, and like to gather sparkly things was talking a mile a minute about crowberries. Brownie the bunny with the brown nose, nut-brown fur – with black markings around his eyes like crows feet, was munching as usual on something green. Sparrow hawk, the prowler was watching for his next meal – growling about the chatter – wanted to make the plans for the next day.

Tomorrow they would go early, Brownies was getting drowsy he was tired and needed to rest, camping was such hard work. Crow hopped on a broken rotting rowboat,"sleep under here, I the watcher will guard you.”
Crow and Sparrow hawk talked deep into the night about the next day.

Traveling thru the undergrowth Brownie with the brown nose was hurrying along trying to keep up," not so fast" he yelled. Crow landed next to Brownie," why the frown?"
“There is something moving in that growth over there.” Sparrow had join them and went to investigate.
“Hello” a small voice came out, Sparrow hawk ready to pounce on whom ever it was, Brownie ducked behind Crow as the bent grass came closer,
" it is me Highbrow the hedgehog."

Stopping, they sat and talked to Highbrow, he told them a story about the green-eyed monster who – when approached growled and came after them. Sparrow hawk the prowler knew of others as he flew by. Crow knew of corn rows he had seen, and Brownie with the brown nose had explored underground, none of them had seen anything like Highbrow.

Edging there way along quietly Crow, seen sparkle in the distance, stumbling over an arrowhead crashed into Sparrow hawk prowling, bumped into Brownie who fell on his Brown nose. Laughing and rolling, they were not aware that it was getting dark.

Growling came slow – then faster- appearing to be closer Crow who was laughing had become uncommonly quiet, head tilted to listen – Sparrow hawk went on alert and Brownie with the dirt on his nose froze.

Crow saw pretty shinnies again and realized that they were eyes. Pushing Brownie with his bill all three stumbled over each other to get back to where they were safe.

Sparrow hawk spoke of his adventure to his mom, Sparrow wing, when he returned; she frowned to hear he had gone so far. When he told of the green eyes she smiled, then put him to bed.

Sparrow wing knew of the green eyes and happy, that after all that could of happened to them, this Green Eyed Scarecrow with brown eyebrows and a frown who growled as the fence post moved on a rusty nail would turn her child around, and bring him safely home.

copyrighted 07 By Vickie Bodie

Sparrowhawk, Brownie and Crow


Eugene, United States

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I wrote this for my Grandson who is 8 years old.

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