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Friday, February 10, 2006
A song my grandmother sang

Stabroek News

Dear Editor,

I write to you from Ontario Canada. My Guyanese grandmother used to recite a poem to us when we were small. It was about a parrot who left the safety of his cage and flew with the crows to raid a farmer's field. The farmer shot him while the crows got away. The last bit of it was "bad company the parrot said, and sadly shook its wounded head".

My grandmother has long passed away and we do not know how it goes or the author. She learned to recite it in school as a child, possibly from a Royal Reader. I can find no one who knows the full words or author of this poem in Canada. More than likely the older generation of Guyanese would know this poem. Could they let me know?

Yours faithfully,

M Sammut