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Sudden death

The bird that just let out a plaintive volley of chirps in a tree somewhere breaks the peacefulness of the late afternoon. Waning sunshine filters in through the blinds.

There’s an ache behind my eyes somewhere, and a lump  at the back of my throat that refuses to go away.

And a profound sense of sadness for those 152 people who will never hear a bird again, and never again see the sunlight coming through the window in the late afternoon.