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Vultures vs Night of the Scorpion Essay

  • Submitted by: XaleXale
  • on March 26, 2014
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 503 words

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In the greyness 
and drizzle of one despondent 
dawn unstirred by harbingers 
of sunbreak a vulture 
perching high on broken 
bones of a dead tree 
nestled close to his 
mate his smooth 
bashed-in head, a pebble 
on a stem rooted in 
a dump of gross 
feathers, inclined affectionately 
to hers. Yesterday they picked 
the eyes of a swollen 
corpse in a water-logged 
trench and ate the 
things in its bowel. Full 
gorged they chose their roost 
keeping the hollowed remnant 
in easy range of cold 
telescopic eyes... 

indeed how love in other 
ways so particular 
will pick a corner 
in that charnel-house 
tidy it and coil up there, perhaps 
even fall asleep - her face 
turned to the wall! 

...Thus the Commandant at Belsen 
Camp going home for 
the day with fumes of 
human roast clinging 
rebelliously to his hairy 
nostrils will stop 
at the wayside sweet-shop 
and pick up a chocolate 
for his tender offspring 
waiting at home for Daddy's 

Praise bounteous 
providence if you will 
that grants even an ogre 
a tiny glow-worm 
tenderness encapsulated 
in icy caverns of a cruel 
heart or else despair 
for in the very germ 
of that kindred love is 
lodged the perpetuity 
of evil. 

Night of the Scorpion
I remember the night my mother
was stung by a scorpion. Ten hours
of steady rain had driven him
to crawl beneath a sack of rice.

Parting with his poison - flash
of diabolic tail in the dark room -
he risked the rain again.

The peasants came like swarms of flies
and buzzed the name of God a hundred times
to paralyse the Evil One.

With candles and with lanterns
throwing giant scorpion shadows
on the mud-baked walls
they searched for him: he was not found.
They clicked their tongues.
With every movement that the scorpion made his poison moved in Mother's blood, they said.

May he sit still, they said
May the sins of your previous birth
be burned away tonight, they...

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