Eulogy to the Great Auk

by Angela Pell

The animals went in two by two. But not you. Not now.

No colourful children’s picture book will portray you. No funny cartoon. Maisy Mouse will never meet you.

Your name will never be uttered with delight as a four year old points at you in their Animals of the World Puzzle. There’s a gap where you should be.

You cannot buy a Great Auk from the Early Learning Centre.

So…  the Tiger will have to continue To Go to Tea. Alone.

And you will never visit Pingu….  despite the fact that with your patched eye – you could pass for a ‘bossy-distant -pirate-relative-come- to- visit… who-teaches- his nephew-how to-find treasure’.

Your beauty and majesty are lost. Long gone.

No Youtube clips of you will ever exist.

No one will snap you with their mobile phone.

The Great Auk is gone. Plundered. Eaten out of existence. Rubbed out like a drawing gone wrong.

Published in: on July 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

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