Sage and Song, Chapter 6: The Caged Birds

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Chapter 6: The Caged Birds

The king made a great throne of ivory,
and overlaid it with pure gold.
1 KINGS 10:18

Kester followed the captain through a tall, airy tunnel which led onto a wide porch surrounded by trees. Terraced garden beds. A cascading waterfall. Stone arches covered with flowering vines. Shapely urns. And from several overhanging branches, gilded cages. Each held birds with bright plumage. Pips and piping. Trills and tremolos. Kester’s heart lifted at the simple beauty of their worship.

He pursed his lips and blew a soft note. If I could properly play a reed instrument, would I be able to emulate their song?

The captain chuckled. “Do you like birds?”

“Yes.”

“Hardly surprising. From what I’ve heard, you’re part songbird yourself. But are you paying attention to the path?”

Kester paused to look back the way they’d come. Nodding once, he said, “I am not lost.”

“Forward, then.”

His guide strolled through an archway into a smallish room—by palace standards—furnished with couches and cushions. Kester peered around curiously. Braziers burned away the morning chill, and rugs softened the floor. But there was no sign of the king or his father’s harp.

“We’re behind the throne,” the captain explained. “The king rests here. Not many people are allowed here.”

“You are.”

“I have known the king since his birth.” The old man smiled blandly. “And I escorted him to the throne on which he sits.”

“King Solomon trusts you.”

“I should hope so.”

Kester said, “I will also trust you.”

“Good idea. So here’s a word of advice.” The captain guided him along a passage that angled slightly and opened into a room so long, it felt like a corridor. Lowering his voice, he said, “If the king honors you with a gift, don’t refuse.”

The boy’s steps slowed as they passed through an unremarkable door into a room of greater magnificence than any Kester had seen. The throne room of King Solomon.

“One more thing.” Bending low, the captain whispered, “How do you feel about cats?”


 ♦ Do you have a personal retreat?

♦ May as well ask y’all, too! Do you like birds?

♦ How do you feel about cats?


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12 thoughts on “Sage and Song, Chapter 6: The Caged Birds

  1. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always found one place to be safe and secure, the swing my dad placed under the biggest and shadiest tree on our property has been my personal retreat.
    I like birds and cats; although, the two don’t often mix well. I had a parrot once. He was a little sun concur, or sun parakeet, and I named him Sunshine. He couldn’t talk because he was a tiny parrot, but he LOVED music. He used to dance to My Girl by the Temptations. When my mom would sing the song to him she would replace “girl” with “bird”, it was really cute.

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    • We used to have a very tame parakeet who would sit on the rim of my plate/bowl and share meals with me. He was good company. Thinking back, he even used to ride on my shoulder … like my own little Omri.

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  2. Beautiful says:

    My personal retreat is my room but since I share a room. I also go to the backyard on the trampoline. I love birds, I think they’re so pretty. And I also love cats!

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  3. Savannah says:

    I’m not sure I have a personal retreat! As for birds, I love them (My sister is an avid birdwatcher, that could be why)! I also love cats, they’re one of my many favorite animals. -Savannah

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  4. Elayna says:

    My room is my personal retreat,
    I like watching birds from my window,
    I love cats, and I would have one if I wasn’t so allergic…..

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  5. Connie Hendryx says:

    Love how you have made Solomon a “real” person in my mind…such a great series!! You’ve made the whole thing real…and I love to get to see behind the angel Kester!!!

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    • It’s been interesting, trying to decide how to characterize such a famous historical figure. Since I’ve been teaching my way through his dad’s psalms (I lead women’s Bible studies.) and Solomon was also a prolific writer, I had plenty to go on. : )

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  6. Jesslyn says:

    When I’m feeling introverted, my room is nice. And I love taking showers; very relaxing. But my favorite places to go are the quiet, open places with trees and nature everywhere, especially if there’s running water nearby. It is the most relaxing thing and if it’s in the 50s, 60s, and low 70s (temperature) with a slight breeze, it feels sooo good! I could just sit out there for hours and ponder the deep things of life. And swinging (doesn’t matter if it’s on a swing or in a tree) makes it feel even more like paradise. :)

    I LOVE birds!! They are so cute and beautiful and their songs are so amazing! Loads of serotonin is released in my brain when I see/hear birds. I even have a bird watching app on my phone (it’s called Merlin Bird ID, by the way).

    I like cats’ markings and meow (so cute) and I like watching them move. However, I don’t trust cats. I had a really bad experience with the cat that I had and I am slightly traumatized from cats now. :/

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