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Pilot For a pilot whale that died in 2018 a$er swa!owing more than eighty plastic bags You are such a long way from the first episode,
 but a pilot you are, and I hope you were proud
 as you whistled through waves, navigated kelp clouds,
 studied all of the charts we will never decode.
 And now you are broken, lie still and dissected
 as bags by the dozen are pulled out of your midst:
 you mistook the plastic for the warm glow of squid,
 as your landing strip lights, new fuel you detected.
 We humans are grounded, we disdain the other,
 we forgot just how close you are to our own blood:
 our genes not so different, you felt pain as we would
 as our mess swelled in you and your organs collapsed.
 Your beautiful journey abandoned, you hover
 above us and tell us that we should change our path.

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