Metaphor of the Vultures

Like a thousand rotting corpses, a woman
in West Palm Beach is quoted in the news,

describing the excrement deposited by
a wake of vultures invading patios

and poolsides of wealthy people's multi-
million dollar vacation homes. Their vomit

contributes to the stench: but this is
apparently what they do, almost as though

afflicted with bulimia, to make themselves
lighter for flight. You wonder what tanned

bodies they found stretched out on deck
chairs, recently oiled and primed with

expensive sunscreen— But perhaps they
were already dead, since National Geographic

says vultures rarely attack living or healthy
animals? It's so unreal you'd laugh out loud,

imagining these dark-robed birds, gaunt
justices screaming Metaphor, metaphor, metaphor!

before beaks come down like gavels, drill
expertly into bones, and marbled fat streams out.



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