The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive


the ruined species


other, encompassed by too limited a span for migration in these areas or
:the starlings nest in the eaves, their young are burned to death in early
:::the ruined species hysterical feedback of violent industrial tropisms
elsewhere on the globe. :harbor. swill harbors infection.:::the ruined
species elona ym nihtiw si might make it. seagulls come and go, back to
the filth of the polluted rag ruoY summer heating of the iron beams, they
can't comprehend global warning, the starlings nest in the eaves, their
young are burned to death in early summer heating of the iron beams, they
can't comprehend global warning, hysterical feedback of violent industrial
tropisms elsewhere on the globe.  suppose they're born, they might have a
year; subject to parasites in the city, vandals, feral and not-so-feral
cats, traffic, poisons in the very air they breathe, decayed and limited
food supplies - they die ground into the pavement. as with pigeons, rock
doves, swallows, they know of none other, encompassed by too limited a
span for migration in these areas or even incipient culture. not enough
time for deer to outgrow their suicidal behavior by road-sides, woodchucks
as well. robins tend simultaneously to approach and keep away, inherited
behavior of course from somewhere else that gives them half a chance.
squirrels learn bright scavenge, say alive through reproduction. the lone
blue heron most likely starved, unable to penetrate pond-ice, penetrated
by cold. the cats make it to the curb, then slaughter; perhaps one kitten
gets out of the litter unless rescued by humans. subway mice can't live
more than a year; grease, tars, and other toxins, including pcbs, are
rampant. brown rats have greater longevity if they avoid whatever is
leftover, including traps, parasites, poisons, traffic, cats, illnesses,
flooding and fire. pairs of breeding falcons might make it. seagulls come
and go, back to the filth of the polluted harbor. swill harbors infection.

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