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Bags in the Trees
30 April 2018

¶ This winter, a light-brown shopping bag blowing through the air was snagged by an upper branch of the honey locust tree across 87th from our living room window. It’s not very picturesque, but it will be hidden, one hopes, by  leaves that have yet to bud. 

Far less likely to disappear is the roll of bubble wrap, ten inches wide perhaps but at least ten feet long, that has coiled itself like a denatured dragon further down. It is caught on several branches. Although it is much closer to the street, I daresay only a worker on a cherry-picker could remove it. 

Depravity: thinking that it doesn’t matter what you do with your garbage. Inhumanity: the effect of depravity on the rest of us. 

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