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Cathartes Aura and the Apocalypse Zoo

Published by Eighty Six at Smashwords

Copyright 2011 Eighty Six

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Chapter One

Off day at the zoo. No one came to work.

The gates were not unchained. No tourists tapped

At the glass, grackled, squawked, mimicked the birds.

And we were never fed. Three times a day

They liked to throw us parts: legs furred with hooves,

Hindquarters with the tail, heads with antlers

Or horns attached. Every beak grab a gland

And tug, twist, flap with all your appetite.

Get your gutful before they pull the corpse.

End of show. But the gawkers, they loved it.

Pressed their cheeks and faces into the glass.

Strobe shots from lenses and flashbulbs. Big-eared

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