POETRY: “A LITTLE LIFE SAVED TODAY”, VISUAL ART: “foggy tree”

A Little Life Saved Today

 

On the might-have-been pristine

sand of Ocean Beach,

clear, with the late-afternoon sun balming

me

runners

childers

mothers & fathers (the guardians of the inheritors)

picnickers

smokers

surfers

fishers

 

I saw the hulking black crows chowing down on slick sellophane

and thought of the footage I’d seen of the bodies

split

open,

the feathers, the bones, the skin laid

waste

to make plain the carnage,

to show the mis-guided hunger and our (see list above) appetite

for plastic.

 

I walked slowly toward the birds and they retreated dropping the

torn, chewed-over strips of candy wrappers.

I gathered they still had fear of my kind, and I gathered

up their would-have-been meal in my hand.

 

Sorry, I said, for taking your food, but it ain’t. Nipping this in the beak, right now.

I might be saving your life, you see. You can’t digest:

 

sellophane strips (7)

cigarette butts (8)

bottle tops (4)

take-out containers (1)

foil wrappers (6)

plastic cups (2)

fishing line (2)

 

I filled a (plastic) bag with my haul and walked along the water’s edge,

the ocean giving me all I wanted

on this afternoon, free of work and the circular chatter of my thoughts.

 

A little life saved today.

Written By: Bette McDonnell

Contact: Kharmanci@gmail.com

Visual Art By: Kerim Harmanci

About the Artist: Kerim Harmanci – raised in PA and NY – is a San Francisco photographer and student at City College, currently taking darkroom and lighting classes as well as peer mentoring and doing aerial drone photography on his days off.

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