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    The AtlanticElizabeth Bruenig7/22/2112 min
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    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScout
      2 months ago

      Poignant, especially for me right now. This past Sunday morning, I discovered the dead carcass of one of my eight chickens underneath the coop. I left the latch open and some predator got to it in the middle of the night. Chewed up the neck and breast, but left a full foot of the esophagus laying out, meat and blood all over the place.

      Dead birds are ominous. It's good to think about life and death - often but not too often.

      I wonder if this is, like, the thirtieth or fortieth article that I have read on Readup involving dead birds? At least twentieth, for sure. That cracks me up, I don't know why. (I don't know why there's so much dead bird reading here, AND I don't know why it cracks me up.)

    • Ruchita_Ganurkar
      Scout
      2 months ago

      They are the flowers of heaven, creatures of unrivaled beauty whose grace and lightness makes them as alien to the human experience as they are familiar to us. And though we imbue them with all kinds of messages—in myth and legend, they arrive as heralds of good fortune, fair weather, or freedom, as well as harbingers of doom, death, or destiny—and despite the fact that some of them, with their skill for mimicry and impeccable ears, can echo our words, they truly have nothing to say to us. They are not ours. Their world is their own.