Tom Paine Olga Owens Hudkins

wrote a letter to the editor of the Boston Herald
on January 29th, 1958, read that next morning
by Rachel Carson, during a ride to the hospital.
The heartache of aluminum letters struck hard
to a paste of ground trees. In rigid paragraphs
Olga calls out Mr. R.C.A. Codman of Cape Cod
for stating aerial spraying of DDT was so safe,
as she abides on a marsh, and seven songbirds
died. Birds that homed in her pitch pine trees;
birds that trilled & thrilled. And next dawn three
more beaks stiff in the leavings of the bird bath.
While she scrubbed, two robins fell at her feet,
bills agape and claws clutching their fired breasts


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