Poetry Friday: Inspired by Turkey Vultures

Monday night we took a canoe ride after dinner on the small lake upon which our cabin sits on the shore.

Canoe Ride. May 2021. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2021.

The water was calm and the lake was quiet with only a few other boats floating about. We paddled to the left and circled counter clockwise around the lake, opposite to the direction we normally take. Upon reaching the three quarter mark of our trip, we saw a bird caught on some up drafts above the newly leafed out trees. We wondered if it were our eagle friends who nest yearly on the shores of our lake. But, as we got closer, a flock of similar birds took off up into the air and started circling.

“Turkey Vultures,” my husband exclaimed.

He was right, of course. After a few minutes of circling, and playing follow the leader or tag, whatever the chosen game of the night, the turkey vultures began landing in a large tree. It was their roost! There must have been 30-40 birds, all turkey vultures adorning the branches of this tree! It was a sight and later inspired my poem for Poetry Friday this week.

Turkey Vulture Roost. © Carol

The Turkey Vulture

Raptor, raptor

Tell us your story

Sitting there in your tree

Spying below on the lake, my husband, and me

As we ride by in our canoe so silent

You know we are not yours to rent

For a ride or a meal, we will not provide

Anything to help you survive

For we see you are not the bald eagle we love so much

But a mere turkey vulture, hiding there in a bunch

Of others like you, all gathered in a tree,

Over the lake noticeable for us to see

As we ride by in our canoe so silent

We hope you don’t notice the fish we caught with our trident

© Carol Labuzzetta, 2021.

Today is Poetry Friday! Our host is Christie at Wondering and Wandering. Thank you for hosting, Christie! We appreciate you!

8 thoughts

  1. Hoping you didn’t notice the fish… Funny to think of what they might do if they see! I love your short video on the lake, takes me there for a bit.

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  2. I love the video you shared too! “As we ride by in our canoe so silent” Indeed! The photos are fascinating too, especially the one where they are all gathered together to roost. You can learn so much science when you are out in the wilderness observing.

    I like the way you talk to the turkey vultures and ask to hear their story too.

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    1. Thank you! Now, I wish I had take a few more seconds of it. It is a slice of serenity! I agree, the science in nature is awe inspiring. I find that I learn new things all the time because after I see it (such as the roost), I have to go learn about it! Thanks for stopping by!


  3. Thank you for sharing your canoe trip with sights, sounds and poetry, Carol! Best to watch vultures without ‘carrion’. hee hee 🙂

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