"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


Sunday, May 04, 2014

Magpie Tales #218 A Committee of Vultures


Chair With the Wings of a Vulture  1960 Salvador Dali

 A Committee of Vultures

Politicians
 Scavengers helping themselves 
While ignoring us


Kevin Carter
Pulitzer Prize-winning photo
Sudan 1993

Turkey Vulture, San Jose, California

Much maligned, Vultures are 
far more valuable than the 
two-legged vultures found
in Washington D.C.
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Thanks to Tess Kincaid for Magpie Tales!
Click on Vulture to see more!

22 comments:

Sandee said...

Amen to this Kathe. Amen to this. Spot on.

Have a fabulous Sunday my friend. ♥♥♥

messymimi said...

Real vultures do us a service. Like ants, they are part of the clean up crew of the earth. Human vultures make me sick.

Jinksy said...

Full marks! :-)

Björn said...

Vultures might look bad,, but they clean up -- whereas the human kind produce shit

humbird said...

Smaart! Shocking photos,Kathe!

Celia said...

Brava Kathe.

Leovi said...

Yes , politicians can become the most dangerous vultures !

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Amen. Vultures are useful, wonderfully intelligent and fascinating birds. The featherless wingless variety in DC are merely opportunistic predators.

Stephen Hayes said...

I don't recall seeing many vultures when I was growing up in San Jose. Still, they are impressive birds and they serve the environment well. Take care.

Laurie Kolp said...

True, that. = )

Josie Two Shoes said...

I agree with you 100%. And at least the feathered vultures aren't pretending to be anything other than what they truly are!

Truedessa said...

Wow, powerful statement..

Sumana Roy said...

Spot on...wow..

Bekkie Sanchez said...

A very tight write! Bravo! The truth shines in this.

Kathe W. said...

Thanks everyone for your very nice comments- Have a great week!
I meant to post on this that a group of Vultures is called a "Committee"
Highly appropriate I think!

ccchampagne said...

As far as I'm concerned, you nailed this one!!! I thought this prompt was really tough, but you made it feel just right!

Poet Laundry said...

Don't even get me started! Nicely done.

Belva Rae Staples said...

I love the direction this took you! It's sad, but true!

Rhissanna said...

Hehe! I loved this, and absolutely agree. Poor vultures. They get a bad image they really don't deserve!
Thank you for your wonderful comment on my Magpie

Magaly Guerrero said...

Kevin Carter's picture breaks my heart a little. And the mental image of D.C. Vultures makes me want to peck their eyes out.

Heart-ripping and visceral.

Hannah said...

Wow, wow...this is powerful...both in words and images...well done to bring this painful but necessary reminder to the forefront.

Tess Kincaid said...

Excellent post...I found a vulture feather last week...