Freddie's Story

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I had a chance and I took it
It was life or death
The others were being taken away
To the evil place
That smells of carcass
The stench so sickly
My friends screaming their blood dripping
No one understanding what we did wrong
What we did to deserve this

I had a chance and I took it
I ran past the evil people
Those who slaughter
Because they don't know any better
Killers
Doing the best they can
Like us all
Their tragedy that murder is the best they can

I had a chance and I took it
I wanted to live
I don't know why
All I'd known of life was a cage
And some friends imprisoned beside me
But separate
Still the need for freedom was so strong
I ran rampant and racing
Trembling and terrified

I had a chance and I took it
Couldn't see straight
Through unknown territory
Didn't know territory existed
Noise all around
Nowhere to hide
Too scared to think
Too free to turn back

I had a chance and I took it
They picked me up
These people who aren't killers
I smelled it on them their kindness
I'd never felt love like that before
They took me to my new home
Where I have brothers and sisters
People of all species

I had a chance and I took it
I'm free now
I love now
I eat grass and roam where I please and have friends and fresh air now
I frolic
I like that word frolic

I had a chance and I took it
I wanted to live
Still don't know why
Just miss my friends
I wish they'd had a chance

Lisa Rachel Snyder