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A Lonely Bird
"Before I die I would like everyone to know how I feel.
I am very old now and I have lived and will die alone in a cage in a back room.
I suffered the torment of angry voices because I made too much noise, or was too messy.
I have never known the comforts of family life.
I have never been invited to enjoy an evening with my family.
I have never been scratched or talked to kindly.
I see my family for five minutes each day when they bring me food and water;
never at the same time.
I have so much love in my heart to give them
and now that I am near the end of my days,
they will never know how much I loved them.
I forgive them for the way they treated me,
but my heart is heavy with sadness for all the birds who live and die alone."