on the threshold of a dream
Goodness of a great big heart's his most attractive feature
But my cousin's not what you'd call a sociable creature
So it came as big surprise when I visited him one day
And saw cage filling half a room with cockatoo at play
I knew such birds like to feel they're part of a family
Sure enough, Cuz confessed he was losing his sanity.
He'd taken her as trade for some carpet work that he'd done
Now threatened to end their relationship with his shotgun.
Casey had a cage and toys, her feathers were purest white
But she liked to keep a noisy racket going day and night.
Cuz liked her talking and extensive vocabulary
But was rather fond of sleep and Casey was contrary
It didn't help at all knowing the screams she was giving
Were often just expression of joy she felt in living
Covered cage didn't convince her that it was time to sleep
And cockatoo alarm clock was enough to make him weep!
Casey looked at me and said a soft, coy, demure "hello"
And shrugged her wings at Cuz as if to say "what does he know?"
I took her from her cage and gave her my admiration
She raised her crest and then seemed to shake with sheer elation
To be held so - but then a maniacal laugh ensued
That curled my toes and stilled my blood; my calmness came unglued
"You see what I put up with?" came my cousin's plaintive plea
"I swear she does that awful sound because she likes to see
Me bolt awake with terror ripping open sleepy eyes
I thought I would enjoy her... I just didn't realize."
Casey's answer to this whine was to mimic a dog bark
And as she chatted merrily, I was having a lark
So when Cuz muttered that perhaps she wouldn't live too long
The first thing entering my mind was the old "Fame" theme song
"She'll probably outlast you... I'm sure she is thinking now
'I'm gonna live forever - so get used to it somehow!'"
Well, Casey liked this brand new phrase, I was soon repeated
I'M GONNA LIVE FOREVER! My cousin slumped, defeated.
The next time that I called my Dad, I asked how Casey was
He said my cousin had sold her - his reason? Just because!
I hope Casey's found someone who thinks that she's quite clever
With her shrill pronouncements that she's gonna live forever!
a bit of lagniappe *S*