A Parrots Prayer by Sally Brooks


LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER……………………..

For all the wild caught parrots so savagely netted and swept

away from their families while their babies dumped into burlap

sacks cried out in terror.

LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER……………………..

For all the exotic birds that witnessed the destruction of all the blessed

trees and fled fires in fear from man’s thirst to dominate, stripping the

land of all its inhabitants, leaving nothing but bare ground behind.

LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER……………………..

For all the parrots that struggled through the capture, but died merciless

in transport from the stress of overcrowded, barbaric, confinements and

inconceivable horror.

LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER……………………..

For all the survivors that made it into captivity but exist in a nightmare

of confinement unable to use their God given wings of flight as they

once remembered.

LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER……………………..

For all the baby birds bred in captivity whose crop’s burned or have

died needlessly from harshness of human hands.

LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER……………………..

For all captive birds that have been erased from their owner’s

consciousness and are abandoned to a lifeless existence with only a

distant memory of what is was like to hear a gentle voice from someone

that used to care.

LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER……………………..

For all those helpless creatures who don’t know what it’s like to live

life as a bird or even to feel the breeze or sunlight but are doomed to

darkness in closets or garages, trapped inside covered cages or shackled.

LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER……………………..

For all the macaws, cockatoos, amazons, and conures that are

stripped of their vocal cords for screaming; their sensitive beaks cut

back to prevent biting.

LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER……………………..

For all birds that end up for sale in pet shops or breeders like used

merchandise, unwanted and frightened in strange surroundings with

nothing more than the familiar sight of bars on a cage.

LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER……………………..

For all the neglected birds that are sick with infections from

filthy conditions and malnourishment that may never recover and

know what it is like to feel healthy and be playful.

LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER……………………..

For all the misconceived parrots who were beaten, stabbed,

blinded and burned for just being a parrot.

LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER……………………..

For every african grey, cockatoo and macaw that punishes itself

from confinement and boredom by maiming their bodies and

plucking their feathers and for those who have lost all spirit of life

and sway their head low from side to side slowly into insanity.

LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER……………………..

WE ASK HUMBLY OF YOU, DEAR LORD TO LOOK

UPON ALL OF YOUR MAGNIFICENT FEATHERED

CREATIONS PROTECT THEM FROM EVIL AND HARM

CAUSED BY MAN AND TO BRING FORTH AN AWAKENING

IN THE HUMAN HEART AND MAKE IT A KINDER,

GENTLER WORLD FOR ALL CAPTIVE BIRDS…………AMEN

Sally Brooks, July 3, 2000

 

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