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The Old, Old Story

by Richard Martinus
Originally published by on 09/08/2016

There was a pigeon amongst the seagulls fighting for dropped chips and bits of burger bun on the promenade. It noticed me staring at the ring around its ankle.

“Oh yeah,' it cooed, “I was a racer, me. Way up the national pecking order. ’Course, the circuit was awash with drugs back then. Got fingered in the clean-up campaign. Two-year ban. That’s twelve pigeon years! You can guess the rest: sponsors dropped me pronto, chicks did a flyer, bank repossessed the penthouse loft…' It made a sound like a sigh. “So, are you planning to eat all that fish yourself?'

Richard Martinus Merits

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