I went to a pilot's house,
the skies looking hopeful as all hell
whistling freedom and potential in the wind

All as you would expect,
family portraits and navigation tools,
cupboards with cans and sustenance

I saw that at one end was a row of birdcages,
dilapidated and rusty metal bars
holding together fallen feathers and feeble fowl

I asked, "Why?"
failing then to see that it was him,
in fact, who had been caged all his life

Cru"el*ty (-t?), n.; pl. Cruelties (-tz). [OF. cruelt, F. cruaut, fr. L. crudelitas, fr. crudelis. See Cruel.]

1.

The attribute or quality of being cruel; a disposition to give unnecessary pain or suffering to others; inhumanity; barbarity.

Pierced through the heart with your stern cruelty.
Shak.

2.

A cruel and barbarous deed; inhuman treatment; the act of willfully causing unnecessary pain.

Cruelties worthy of the dungeons of the Inquisition.
Macaulay.

 

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