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Black Kite, White Plastic

by Kimiko Hahn
Illustration by Joshua Abelow

Black Kite, White Plastic

Kimiko Hahn
11 Snaps

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You might consider plastic as convenience, waste or
deferred payment

but for black kites, white plastic is crucial decor
indicating the resident a superior strategist.

Before plastic? Perhaps cloth or paper. Before that?
“Maybe brightly colored feathers of other birds,

the white wool of sheep or deer…
or perhaps the behavior evolved after

such materials became available,” offers an ornithologist.
Only the right amount of white plastic—not green or transparent—

serves as warning to those threatening foreclosure.
I reconsider our pugnacious white lawn chair in wonder.

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