Ornithic Atrocities

The poor puffin! The poor gannet, poor razorbill, poor gull, guillemot, cor morant, tern and albatross! Ships that pass in the day or night vomit over the oceans the black waste of their oil-burning engines. Puffin, gannet, razor bill, gull, guillemot, cormorant, tern or albatross, dipping in their wake to gobble up some bilge morsel, floats flapping and crippled among the sliding sea hills, unable to rise for a cloying anointment that lays his feathers flat, seals his wings. He wearies, starves, sickens, dies, is flung ashore...

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