Bird, Uncaged(Aug 11th, 2016 at 08:17:27 AM)
I know why the caged bird sings and why it holds such lofty dreams but with the clasp undone is the battle won? Are the unshackled truly free? Is it free when it hops through the open door and rides clipped wings to a second floor? Is it caged once more? If it grows new feathers and dares to fly toward a solemn square of unfamiliar sky could you stand by and watch it crash? As seasons pass would it sit on the sill with its beak to the glass and a fearful trill? Could you stay and watch it still? If outside it sees such tragedies as gun dogs running with geese in their teeth would you expect to hear it screech? With the panels cracked and claw-mark ridden would you fine the bird for vandalism? Could you take the time to listen? If it pecks a hole through the weak window and swoops below with a loosened shard and runs it far into a howling pup would you then get up? Would the bloodied fur of a familiar beast be enough to spur empathetic grief? Would the bird's death grant relief? If the bird's crime makes you madder, and the dog's the one that's battered, let's not mince words: if you still hunt birds then do bird lives really matter?