As the afternoon wore on, and the sun sank low in the sky, Algy looked for a soft place where he could rest. There were many fallen trees in the ancient woods, which provided all kinds of cosy homes and perches for creatures great and small, so it wasn’t long before Algy found himself a luxurious bed for the night.
Leaning back on the deep, springy cushion of moss, Algy thought of all the wonderful friends who had been helping him in so many ways with his crowdfunding campaign. He felt amazed and thrilled by the amount of encouragement and support which he had already received, and profoundly grateful that so many people around the world should be interested in the fortunes of a silly, fluffy bird.
So Algy would like to offer this sonnet to everyone who has left kind notes, sent encouraging messages and good wishes, reblogged his campaign posts, or who has generously made a financial contribution – and to all those who intend to do any of these things :-)))
I thank you, kind and best beloved friend,
With the same thanks one murmurs to a sister,
When, for some gentle favor, he hath kissed her,
Less for the gifts than for the love you send,
Less for the flowers, than what the flowers convey;
If I, indeed, divine their meaning truly,
And not unto myself ascribe, unduly,
Things which you neither meant nor wished to say,
Oh! tell me, is the hope then all misplaced?
And am I flattered by my own affection?
But in your beauteous gift, methought I traced
Something above a short-lived predilection,
And which, for that I know no dearer name,
I designate as love, without love’s flame.
Algy thanks you, kind and best beloved friends :-)) He loves you all, and sends every one of you huge wingfuls of fluffy hugs xoxoxoxo
[Algy is quoting the Sonnet I Thank You by the 19th century American poet Henry Timrod.]