mary had a little lamb

its fleece was white as snow

mary tied a collar on its neck

it had nowhere to go

mary had a little lamb

that grinned so wide it hurt

mary hid its cuts and bruises

under the snow white fur

mary had a little lamb

with jewels decorating her coat

the shine of that distracted everyone

from the rope around its throat

mary and the little lamb

had nowhere to flee

lives seldom end with a bang

they mostly end with a plea.

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