A Rat in a Gilded Cage

rat locked in a golden birdcage

You know how it goes:

She’s only a bird rat in a gilded cage

A beautiful sight to see.

You may think she’s happy and free from care

She’s not, though she seems to be.

Somewhere in there, you get the backstory:

For her beauty was sold for an old man’s gold

She’s a bird rat in a gilded cage.

The gilding—for people who wonder about these things—was achieved with sparkly glue. Technically I believe this converts the picture into Mixed Media, but let’s not be silly.