Vultures

Vultures

A Poem by Chris Shaw
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(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 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

8 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

8 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

8 Months Ago

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


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well, I know the "she" here....and it is so unfortunate that people are like this and prey on the vulnerable...have to wonder if they have any conscience at all.

really strong piece.
j.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

9 Months Ago

Thanks dear J. You do indeed know of her. We have spoken about her many times. Some people sadly hav.. read more
Has the sound of someone needy and trusting, perhaps a lonely senior, who is being victimized by scam artists. Such people are like sharks who smell blood in the water.

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

9 Months Ago

There's plenty of it going on John and it isn't always seniors who become the victims. Appreciate yo.. read more
this is very sad. it's a difficult, we preach kindness and kindness will be returned but that does not seem to be the norm anymore. the most vulnerable are the elderly and children and we have to teach them awareness and this is not so easy. Things have really changed since I was a kid, we were able to sleep with our doors open and windows open, I wouldn't do that now. You could help a friend out by letting them stay and they would leave when back on their feet but now people take advantage of you and you need a court order to get them out so you don't help people out in that way. It's crazy, the world is crazy, people are crazy. I used to accept people at face value but I have learned distrust before trust....that makes me feel bad about myself, I feel likes it's a fault and it is just safety. I don't like it but there it is. I think this is a very good write, brings conversation, an awareness and self awareness. Well done Chris. Love P.

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

9 Months Ago

You are so right Patricia. Things have changed a great deal over the years. I remember too when ever.. read more
Patricia

9 Months Ago

Love to you Chris! Have a wonderful weekend yourself!
It is truly a shame for friendships to take a turn for oblivion. Concealing their motives with charm and false hope. I respect the symbolism and realism in your poem.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

9 Months Ago

Thank you for your review. Pleased you stopped by.

Chrls
Poetic Phlox

9 Months Ago

You're quite welcome, and I appreciate reading your poem. I can honestly relate to treachery and dec.. read more
Those that are selfish take advantges os hose open hearted people.

Posted 9 Months Ago


Chris Shaw

9 Months Ago

Many thanks for stopping by Dale. You are appreciated.

Chris


sadly THEY have elevated it to something far beyond a science .. I am aware this kind of thing is happening all the time & believe we see only the very tip of a huge iceberg .. I am a firm believer in karma though.

Neville


Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

9 Months Ago

I think you are right Neville. This sort of activity is going on everywhere. We get a huge number of.. read more
It hurts when the vulnerable and innocent are used, and preyed upon. We have evil people in the world, and too many times we hear people say they care about us, when really they dont. Theyd rather see us suffer, which is unfortunate because while they view you as an accessory, you view as a good relatable friend. I guess thats why we cant trust too easily, even the ones we love and are closest too, we cant trust easily either.

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

9 Months Ago

A sad reflection on where we find ourselves these days. Sadly many of these cockroaches get away wit.. read more
Aura

9 Months Ago

You are welcome
This is a magnificent poem. Thank you for sharing. I absolutely love it.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

9 Months Ago

Thank you Sinister. I appreciate your thoughts and you stopping by.

Chris
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Gee
I'd put the equity release sharks into this category, they prey on the elderly who seldom understand the finer points of the contract.
Hope you are well Christine, were drowning in Bucks :))

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

9 Months Ago

Yes they are as bad, as are some of the cold callers on the phone. Thank you Gee.. We still have sun.. read more
you seem to be lamenting how a friend (?) is being taken advantage of.
Self-centered greed, another of mankind's little flaws, much too often demonstrated.
I would say it is a person who wants to be everybody's friend and unfortunately, has that admirable aspect of her personality working against (her?)

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

9 Months Ago

Thanks Dave for your thoughts. In this case the vultures have milked her bank account, stolen items .. read more
Dave Brown

9 Months Ago

That is terrible
hope they were apprehended
that somewhat happened to my Mother after .. read more
Chris Shaw

9 Months Ago

Sorry to hear your own mum had similar. Not a pleasant experience Dave.

Chris

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Chris Shaw
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