February 29, 2016

“The facility continued. It produced and used and wasted. It turned on the lights, dimmed them, made it so bright, everyone saw spots for days. No one heard the humming coming from inside the walls. No one heard the clanging and draining. No one looked, not until the ground was soggy with it and the birds were writhing in pain. Eggs were found in the dirt and each one was wrinkled and twisted, the fetal beaks pushing out of the enamel, then bending with weakness. There were three eyes when there were only meant to be two. There were abbreviated wings. There were stubs of legs. There were anatomical messes, guts that did not connect, body parts that were cemented shut with clotting.”

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