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White Ibis With Plastic Bag

Rating: 3.9

I was pushing the laden trolley

when I saw him - flying low
with long outstretched wings
and something blue
like a parachute
trailing behind.

A white ibis!

He dropped out of the air
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Nimal Dunuhinga 21 October 2006

Excellent poem Alison that predicts one day the polluted plastic dragon will swallow the whole world? Thank you for your kindness.

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Nalini Hebbar 18 October 2006

reminds me of the time my son and i saved a snake caught in a net! ! ! ...great thing to do, allison...plastic though useful is one of the most polluting thing man ever made...beautiful poem and a wonderful act of kindness...love...nalini

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Francesca Johnson 18 October 2006

What a lovely read, Allie. And I'm so glad you were in the right place at the right time, and, no doubt, so is the ibis. Love, Fran xx

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Jerry Hughes 18 October 2006

As an eye-witness to this event, I'd enjoy seeing the people who manufacture plastic bags have them pulled over their heads, and kept there for an indefinte period.

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Ernestine Northover 18 October 2006

Your good deed for the day Alison, and what a delightful story. A pleasure to read, a really lovely write. Love and hugs Ernestine XXX

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Elysabeth Faslund 19 July 2007

beak wasn't short at all, when he pecked me. Pecking was his job. Oh how sensitive you were to do this! ! With the story line, images, flow...this is something an editor is waiting for, Alison! I wish everyone, who could, would do this type of rescuing! ! Too often I would see a 'diving duck' with a six-pack, plastic ring around it's neck. Great job on TWO arenas! ! xxElysabeth

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Sandy Jensen 17 February 2007

how beautiful...animals seem to know when they have come across a human being that can help them...i loved this poem because it has an environmental feel to it...the juxtaposition being that you saved a creature from one of the many problems human beings have created for the natural world...plastics..no wonder you felt elated...Love Sandyxxx

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Not a member No 4 16 January 2007

Allie, you probably saved a life. Great story and a very engrossing read as ever. You have a true storyteller's gift. And there's not a duffer amongst them. Every word and every line counts. x jim

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Gregory Gunn 14 November 2006

No small feat accomplished on that day. That is one relatively large boid (as Jerry would say) with which to be dealing. Another one of your authentic 'tranche de vie' type pieces served up rather nicely. Reminded me of two springs ago when I tried to return a baby cardinal to its nest, and was met with its dive-bombing mother; should have had the old hockey helmet on. Oh well, a few pecks to the unprotected melon didn't deter my successful effort. LOL!

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Patrick Ladbrooke 26 October 2006

A delightful and touching story. Your adrenalin did you proud on that day. Today there are too many people who pretend not to notice to avoid embarassment or inconvenience. Charming, thanks! Patrick xx

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