There was a tiny mouse
That decided it was time to live in a house

He checked the entire neighborhood
Through the thickened weeds
To find a place to call his own
One to fit his needs

When all at once he saw a home
With an old man who lived there all alone
He stopped by garbage cans and such
To tell his friends he'd be out of touch

With many sad and teary goodbyes
He left the streets as he let out a sigh

He settled into the place he called home
And decided to be friends
With the man who lived alone

The first night he spent there
He looked all around
To see what he'd find
And here's what he found

Some pictures of a loving wife
Some kids that he had given life
He saw a letter left in the drawer
And when he read it, this is what he saw

My dear, dear husband, I soon will be gone
But please be strong and try to go on
I hope our children will be kind to you
I hate to leave you darlin'
But my life on earth is through

All at once the phone rang loud
He ran to answer it and he sounded very proud
No, son, it's fine... I have places to go
Besides around Christmas, I'm afraid of the snow

Billy, you have a good holiday
And please tell the kids
Grandpa's gifts are on their way

He hung up the phone and dried away a tear
He looked up toward the Heavens and said
"I miss you so my dear"

He went to a chair and put on the TV
And changed the channels for something to see
When all at once, he saw me standing there
I thought he'd try to chase me but all he did was stare

He said, "Hi, you little critter
welcome to my home!
Now I feel much better for I am not alone"

Well, that was a while ago
When all this came about
And now I'm feeling awful
They just carried his body out

I have such wonderful memories
He was such a gentle man
I remember the dinners that we'd share
As he fed me right out of his hand

I never saw his children
Well... not until today
As they went through the entire house
And carted things away

I must go back into the streets
Where friends of mine still roam
But I'll miss the man who lived here
For I made his house a home

Elaine Hall
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