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touches on a meal. The walk is
just long enough that the meals
are eaten and the bags deposited in a proper waste receptacle
outside the bakery.
The ravens fly to that trash
container and use their big bills
to pull the bags out. Nothing
they find appears capable of
spoiling their surprise. They
shake, rip, tear, slice, dice, and
maybe even make julienne fries
of the bags. They discover
tasty morsels such as forgotten
fries and broken buns. Juneau
ravens are chronic litterers, but
I forgive them. Maybe some are
trying to quit littering, but I’ve
never heard a single raven say,
“Nevermore.” I’ll keep listening.
To the ravens, each bag of fast
food is a happy meal. Happy
me. You see, I go to Juneau to
revel with the ravens. a
Al Batt is a writer, speaker,
storyteller, and humorist. His
first book is a collection of his
stories, A Life Gone to the
Birds, published by BWD Press.
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