Friday, 25 March 2016

The eating of sewage


They were graceful, living, free things. They were triumphant. The getting of food, even the eating of sewage was done thus gracefully, beautifully.
Sherwood Anderson - Out of Nowhere Into Nothing (1921)

Anderson was describing gulls soaring and diving over a polluted river. Shitehawks my father used to call them. They feed on it but don't live in it.


Michael said...

That is very, very astute, Mr H.

My measly tax bill pays for these bottom feeders.

Demetrius said...

Jack Point singing his song oh?

A K Haart said...

Scrobs - it does and they don't even have to account for it.

Demetrius - probably singing it on a better diet though.

Rupert Williams said...

Hardly graceful though is he, CAmeron.

More like a drunk vulture struggling to stand upright on a dead tree.

A K Haart said...

Rupert - not really graceful no. Too harassed to be that.