“Turkey Vulture”, from “Pitcher of Moon”…..



Turkey vulture

I once knew a woman

living in a trailer park

down in the scrub pines of Florida.

Poor as a church mouse,

half–crazed by life,

she fed all strays-

was the pariah of the neighborhood.

Every evening a flock of vultures,

like fixed-wing aircraft,

skimmed the pines,

landing in a muddle of feathers,

awkward birds out of their element

and with a group waddle

came to the cat food offered in pans.

They were patient guests,

waited for the strays to finish.

There was a natural decorum

among them,

these fierce looking birds.

Perhaps they sensed

the charity offered

humbled their nature,

or perhaps they had reformed,

I don’t know.

They had a leader named “Frank”

who held back until

the others were done.

Frank would never face you,

he sat sideways

though I believe he peeked.

Perhaps he was ashamed

A Lord of the Sky

brought to this station,

filling his crop with kibble

from a dented metal pan.

Come sit with me.

Extend a feather,

I promise not to stare.

Your warty red neck,

your hang-dog countenance

does not disturb me.

Come sit beside me.

Let our talons dig into the sand

let the ocean cleanse our feathers.

I will call you friend, brother

for the gift of humility

you have brought on your wings.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2014, from “Pitcher of Moon”, published by Amazon.com, 2014

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2 Responses to ““Turkey Vulture”, from “Pitcher of Moon”…..”

  1. TR Says:

    One of my favorites! xx


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Yeah…mine, too. thank you for reading and your comments!

    Hugs, Jane

    Liked by 1 person

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