Of endless loneliness and loved that waned,
A cage in the corner, a foodless dish,
Crying out for love, a hopeless wish.
I took you home and called you mine,
Patiently I waited, to give you enough time,
To learn that I loved you, that I always would,
That I would never leave you, that I never could.
In your eyes I saw your fear and loss,
I saw that you were broken, and I knew the cost,
To learn to trust again would be no easy task,
To see life as it should be, not through a painful mask,
But as time passed you began to live again,
You had the courage to try, so brave to call me friend,
You grew so much, so healthy and strong,
You cast your fear aside, as I knew you would all along.
You, dear friend, changed my heart and my life,
You put into perspective my own sorrow and strife,
My love for you gave me a new purpose,
And I committed myself and made a promise.
To give a voice to birds like you,
To see through your eyes and speak the truth,
For those I cared for, for those lives I saved,
To honor the message you so lovingly gave.
And now you’ve left me, you’ve crossed that Rainbow Bridge,
And I feel pain in my heart where my love for you lives,
We will celebrate your life, those you’ve left behind,
We will keep your memory close, in our hearts and minds.
Through life and in death you’ve left a legacy
A lesson of forgiveness and vulnerability,
A story of hope, of strength, of grace,
…Of the best of humanity in a feathered face.
~ We love you, sweet boy and will miss you always.