The Vulture

We have a fun little poem today about an ugly old bird. Many of us may think of vultures as ugly, but I'm sure other vultures think they're just fine. Have you ever seen a person who looks like a vulture? I'm not sure many other people think a person like that s very appealing. But just as a real vulture, maybe another person might find something familiar in them.

The Vulture
by Hillaire Belloc, 1870-1953
from More Beasts for Worse Children, 1897

The Vulture eats between his meals,
And that's the reason why
He very, very, rarely feels
As well as you and I.

His eye is dull, his head is bald,
His neck is growing thinner.
Oh! what a lesson for us all
To only eat at dinner!

Comments

  1. Great verse, I love to watch them a lot.

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    1. @Out on the prairie
      Vultures may be the biggest birds I've ever seen. The picture is from when I got to see a few very close up.

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  2. Love the poem, I actually love seeing vultures, though I know others fear seeing them. Though bald, but I think they hold their own strong charm and unique beauty and appeal.

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    1. @betchai
      I actually was circled by vultures when I took the picture that goes along with this poem.

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  3. Never met anyone who looks like a vulture, but many who act like one.

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    1. @Don't unplug your hub
      I've met many of the type you describe. I've met only a few of the other.

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  4. I was so happy to see one with his wings open like that, I just wish I could have photographed it :O(

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    1. @Country Mouse Studio
      This was actually the first I ever saw. There were five of them gathered there that day.

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  5. They may not be the most beautiful of birds up close but I love to watch them soar through the sky.

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    1. @SquirrelQueen
      I completely agree. One thing I should add is that even though they aren't necessarily pretty to look at up close, they sure are interesting.

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  6. May look ugly on their neck areas, but think beauty lies in the eyes of the bystander.

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