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Have You Seen Our Exotic Bird?

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Don't Worry Neither Have We

Every day all hours of the day

If you are at our house

You hear this odd but very distinctive sound

It is a high piercing shriek

I think it is coming from one of our bedrooms we have two

Then again it could come from our office

Sometimes it is louder than others

There are times hours go by and I hear no sound at all

If I didn't hear the sound

I would swear it was an invisible bird

The sound started almost a year ago

At night when we sleep

It is more like background music

My wife used to curse and now she silently shakes her head

I was the first to accept the sound

As it is part of our day

I came up with the idea

A bird we didn't have to buy

We don't have to feed

It is always above our heads

Never on the tables or under our feet

If you didn't know by now

It is our smoke detector on the blink

It is old and very sensitive

Hardwired and will be replaced

We bought new smoke detectors

Installing them isn't as easy as it looks

I laugh because our smoke detector goes off every time my wife cooks

I run around the house and hop up on a chair

To silence all three by hitting the little button

Who else gets to test their smoke detectors daily

We paid for them

They are our tiny little alarm clocks

Chirp, chirp, chirp

Going off every thirty seconds

Then intermittently totally random

We are getting the best possible use

Without ever having a fire

So yes that is our exotic bird

One that at one time

Cost us hundreds of dollars

Still reminding us

I am here

Don't forget me

Maybe you have one too

No matter who is talking

The exotic bird always can be heard

Making one short blast or a quiet toot


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