Vultures

Vultures

A Poem by Chris Shaw
"

(how the vulnerable are preyed on)

"
if these be friends
then rather none
she fails to see
what they have done

while she accepts
their company
oblivious to all their greed
oblivious to treachery
it's loving friendship 
that she needs

like hungry vultures
they descend
to pick the bones
of all the worthless
little bits of
so called treasure
that she owns

to pick her clean
they hide deceit
her trust lies trampled
at their feet

conniving souls
they have no shame
their morals
sadly down the drain

an open book
she trusts them all
too blind she is
she does not see

they court her
yes indeed they do
they love her
vulnerability

© 2022 Chris Shaw


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Vultures. I love them. They preform useful tasks. In Tibet, sky burials are the way they deal with the dead.
At first it seemed alarming but later I got used to thinking about it. The final phase of the burial is the vultures. They are extremely big! Great poem.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you Ruth. I am still trying to get my head round the fact that vultures can have a positive pr.. read more
Ruth Martz

6 Months Ago

They are very clean birds. Skye burials are against the law in the states. I hope you are having a .. read more
Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

I am thank you. Have a great day yourself:)



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Vultures. I love them. They preform useful tasks. In Tibet, sky burials are the way they deal with the dead.
At first it seemed alarming but later I got used to thinking about it. The final phase of the burial is the vultures. They are extremely big! Great poem.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you Ruth. I am still trying to get my head round the fact that vultures can have a positive pr.. read more
Ruth Martz

6 Months Ago

They are very clean birds. Skye burials are against the law in the states. I hope you are having a .. read more
Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

I am thank you. Have a great day yourself:)
Vultures have a built in radar and a keen eye, so that even out in public they can pounce on the vulnerable. They also vary in shapes and sizes, scavenging from pick-pocketing to blackmail and extortion to gaslighting and enmeshed relationships. Scary stuff. Thanks for sharing.

Posted 7 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

7 Months Ago

Thank you Frederick. Yes they are everywhere and as you say in all shapes and sizes and disguises. T.. read more
I broke down in a desert near Toledo in Spain , police took my two punctured tyres to get fixed
Vultures were hovering above , they took me and my Spanish girlfriend to a restaurant to wait ,as it was scorching hot
Inside , each table , had a three vulture statues surrounding it hanging from the ceiling , ,lol, so your poem , Title first brought that back , but on a serious note , I’ve come across human vultures quite a bit , good poem , wellwritten

Posted 7 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

7 Months Ago

Thank you Stuart. I haven't seen many flying vultures but I sure know there are quite a few walking .. read more
Stuart Munro

7 Months Ago

Lol, there’s a load about
This is poetry at the sharp end Chris. Well said.

Kind regards, Alan

Posted 7 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

7 Months Ago

Yes Alan, sometimes something just has to be said and it can be quite satisfying having got it off m.. read more
I am reminded of the innocence is bliss adage. If one does not know she is being used, maybe she does not suffer; or maybe she does but does not know why?

Loved the compact nature of this piece.

Posted 7 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

7 Months Ago

Thank you Pryde for sharing your thoughts and stopping by. Pleased you enjoyed.

Chris
I love the opening lines:
if these be friends
then rather none
They simply and forcefully set the tone of the piece, and the following lines all expand and explain the sad state of affairs. Nicely done!

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

7 Months Ago

Many thank yous Richard for reviewing this piece. Pleased you stopped by.

Chris
Dear Chris. When we write the truth, we bleed to paper.
"they court her
yes indeed they do
they love her
vulnerability"
I loved the above lines. Vulnerabililty we do share.. Thank you for sharing the amazing poetry and your thoughts.
Coyote


Posted 7 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

7 Months Ago

Thank you dear Coyote pleased you enjoyed the poem and
you stopped by today. All good wishes.. read more
Coyote Poetry

6 Months Ago

You are welcome, dear Chris. And I hope you are doing well, and you are enjoying the day of Summer.
I think we are all in agreement that we despise those type of people that take advantage, but so many people today are trained by society to take what they can get without remorse. It makes me think that we are devolving and are returning to a baser form of existence. I'm sure it's been like this since the dawn of time, but I would like to think we were civilized at one point in our history. Maybe not. One thing though, I have seen people being taken advantage of, but sometimes the person is well aware of it, but they can't seem to cross their own good nature. They want to give regardless of intent. It's those that frustrate me, yet I admire them for their kindness. Sorry, lol. Went on a little thought exercise. Thanks for posting this. Great poem! CD

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

7 Months Ago

Many thanks CD for a detailed response. This one caught your attention. Appreciate your thoughts. Al.. read more
What happened to our society when someone is trampled on because others are jealous of what she owns; they trample on her psyche and put her to shame, and take no blame... they are vultures who have no conscience, no respect for humans. unfortunately, she trusts these people, and remains very vulnerable. A terrible tragedy. Well written Chris.
Best, B

Posted 7 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

7 Months Ago

Seems to be happening more and more dear Betty. Some pretty unpleasant people around. I appreciate y.. read more
Betty Hermelee

7 Months Ago

You're very welcome dear Chris
Best, B
oh how the vultures prey pon the people round here dear Chris:( politically and physically it is a sad state of affairs I sit here with my whistle but the dirty birds still swoop... what's a bunny to do:/

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

7 Months Ago

Hello bunny. Good to hear from you. Those vultures are everywhere sadly. I do hope you are making a .. read more

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Albert, my paternal grandfather introduced me to Tennyson when I was nine. I have loved poetry ever since but did not attempt writing a single piece until I was 40. It's never too late to try somethin.. more..

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