vultures have a bad name
carrion eaters, scavengers and so on
my mother-in-law with dementia used to say
and so on
when she could not articulate details
and needed you to fill in the blanks.
I see vultures, the Vermont kind
flying overhead looking for dead things
abandoned corpses of fish or rabbits
they wheel and swoop between the clouds
with their macabre version of an eagle eye
and when they see something they spiral to the ground
sometimes a wake of vultures land
all at once
and so on.