MICHAEL COOLEN: A Sky Filled With Bats

In a remote African village I watched in wonder as thousands of fruit bats blotted out the moon as they crossed the river to settle in the mango trees to feed and sleep.

Soon I learned that the villagers ate the bats.

Later I learned that the bats transmit Ebola.

Michael Coolen is a writer, poet, composer, pianist, actor, and performance artist who lives in Corvallis, Oregon.

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