Paula Weld Cary

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A Country Without Passenger Pigeons

Audubon, this moment is to remember
the passenger pigeon whose tremendous flocks
took hours to pass through your autumn skies,
and though you did not think it possible to diminish
them by mere hunting, it seems important to
remember the many men who with guns and pots
and poles waited at dusk for the pigeons to arrive,
bringing thousands of pigs to be fattened deep into the forest
where decoy pigeons were propped in trees, eyes sewn shut,
where nesting sites were desecrated so squabs fell to the
ground like pelting rain, to be eaten and eaten and eaten
in ...

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