The Empty Bowl

The Empty Bowl

by Marlene M. Zenker


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ISBN-13: 9781468523072
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 01/13/2012
Pages: 44
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.11(d)

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By Marlene M. Zenker


Copyright © 2012 Marlene M. Zenker
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ISBN: 978-1-4685-2307-2

Chapter One


Every day a man came to the same kitchen door. No one knew why the man chose this particular back door. Perhaps it was because the home stood near the edge of the village. Maybe it was because he noticed the small flowering clay pots that were watered and nurtured every day. Or was it the spicy aroma flowing from the kitchen window? He had to take a risk and approach this back door for he was desolate. His family had disowned him. He was thin and sickly and did not have the means to care for himself. Possibly this kitchen door would not be closed to him.

He could hear the strains of music coming from the children who lived there as they sang and played their games.

In the distance the man stood under a tree, trying to keep his head shaded from the severe summer sun. He was clothed in a sack cloth material wrapped around his waist with a portion of the cloth thrown over his left shoulder. His only belongings were a walking stick and a small round bundle wrapped in an old soiled cloth which was attached to a stick. This he carried over his shoulder.

As he looked up he could see the shadowy frame of a young woman standing at the threshold of the door. At that moment the woman became aware of the man's presence. Slowly, timidly, and with great fear in his heart he approached her. He lowered his head, and softly asked, "Do you have any food for me?"

The man stood slightly bent over with his eyes lowered. The woman saw how thin and frail he appeared. She could count every rib in his chest cage. Sores covered his arms and legs caused from the lack of nutrition. When he finally raised his eyes, she saw someone filled with desperation and deeply forlorn. It appeared that he was in a state of hopelessness. "Wait here for a moment and I will help you," she said.


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