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169/365: Why must the songbirds die? | by GraceAdams
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169/365: Why must the songbirds die?

I saw a robin die today.

It was killed by another bird--I got out of the car and chased it off, but it was too late.

How such a small thing could feel like a tragic loss is beyond me, but it did.

It was a terrible sort of beautiful, resting in the grass. Its neck was bent at some ungodly angle, with its beak tucked beneath a tousled wing. Its tiny head was stained with blood and the breeze ruffled its delicate feathers.

Why must the beautiful things die?

 

I nearly cried, because at that moment I realized--

How very frail we are.

    

Magpies are the scum of the skies. Seriously. And I'd really love to shoot one right now.

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Taken on September 18, 2009