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Concerning Interior’s 2018 Opinion of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act

in Environment by

It will be such

“a victory over the regulatory state”

if corporations no longer need
pay to scrub
pelicans or gulls or gannets or anything
slicked flightless
accidentally
or stop larks from drowning
in sheened waste pits if
no one need count
turbine-chopped
hawks or line-fried
ravens

“a victory”

if one hundred years of
saved egrets, eiders, eagles, or whatever
ends

they’re birds

we’ll just walk across their bones

and remember

wings.

 


READ MORE

Abrupt policy change on century-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act [New York Law Journal]
Trump administration eases rule against killing birds [The Washington Post]


Elizabeth Kuelbs writes and mothers at the edge of a Los Angeles canyon. She holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can find more of her poems in The Timberline Review, Plum Tree Tavern, Canary, Cricket, Mothers Always Write, and elsewhere.

Photo by Ray Hennessey.