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Vultures of the Most Despicable Kind
by Harry E Gilleland

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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A free-verse poem about vultures.

Vultures always seem to spot
the weakest of their prey,
the old and infirm,
the diseased, injured, and lame –
those who are not long more
for this world.

The vultures circle overhead
or land close by … waiting,
waiting, anticipating a death,
hoping for the opportunity
to feast on the remains.

The most despicable such
vultures are those relatives,
say a long-absent cousin,
who appears and suddenly becomes
attentive to the needs
of a wealthier elderly relative
now that they’ve grown sick
and mentally unsound
from decline and failing health,
hoping to extract money or property
as their unholy reward.

Like all vultures, the human kind
are ugly, unwanted interlopers
attending the end of a life
just to feed on the remains
without shame or conscience.

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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 3/28/2015
An interesting personification. You hit a note of personal concern of mine. Those that prey on the weak and less fortunate with their lies and deception. Hanging around to gather the last these poor people have left. And, I would include the vulture capitalists who acquire firms from elderly owners and then break them up and sell the assets for a quick profit and a tremendous loss of jobs and well-being for former employees.

On the other hand, the vulture gets a bad rap. For there is no better garbage collector and disease preventer than the vulture, except, for the beetles that follow to finish the job. Consider the practice of the Zoroastrians. They lovingly leave their dead in high places where the vultures can pick the bones clean. No need for expensive funeral homes, gravesite, or cemeteries taking up good land. A very sane way of completing the circle of life.

Reviewed by Michael Schafer 3/27/2015
Vultures and ass kissers are the lowest forms of human nature.

Michael D.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 3/27/2015
Ahhh . . . When I read the title of this poem, I knew you wasn't going to be writing about real vultures', but the human kind. I was half right, you spoke of both. Good poem, an honest portrayal.
Reviewed by CHANTI LACE 3/27/2015
and their everywhere in our world...enjoyed

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