Barataria Bay by Nonnie Augustine

There are black pelicans in the Louisiana wetlands. They don’ t like to be
handled, so their rescuers hold their beaks closed as they try to clean the
birds. But I wish these wild birds could attack with their long, efficient
beaks, so perfectly evolved to do what they want to do. The oil has taken,
will continue to take, their birdhood. They hobble and die in Barataria
Bay . There is no stopping it now. No, I don’ t think so. Don’ t even want
to listen to the men and women at the microphones. Today I have heavy
arms and sluggish legs. Tomorrow will be worse.

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