I’m not certain how it is that you became my mother and my father. (I’ve had those already.)
Or when it was you adopted me. (I didn’t ask you to.)
Or why you took me under your dark wing.
Should I thank you for your protection?
What do you get from this?
Your wide embrace, has gathered us to you like little chicks;
and you hold us closely.
So thank you,
but your concern for me is killing me.
I’d rather not.
I am admonished.
You have chastised my wanton freedoms~
To wander, to breathe,
to cherish my loves,
as one in love with life,
and with my fellow chicks!
But you’ve set my brothers against me.
What a cruel mother hen you are,
in your love for us.
But are we your children, or your pets?
How do you see us?
“Stay! Wear this muzzle! Don’t go there, bad dogs!
I’m doing this for your safety, trust me.
Do this for your safety!
I love you.”
thank you, oh so much.
But please, release me from your smothering love.
Exercise your tender mercies,
on some other poor creatures.
Or better, towards yourself alone.
And let me live now, freely, until I die.