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27 March 2013updated 02 Feb 2015 4:23pm

“King Vulture”: a poem by Joe Dunthorne

By Joe Dunthorne

He likes children, even these ones,
full-bladdered, their uniforms rubbing static
against the cage, failing to take seriously
this fearful psychic mortician, wearing his skull
on the outside, sockets, six foot deep.

He has no room to pitch his wings
which they think is funny, like Carry On Carrion,
in fits as they drift towards the peacock.
He finds comfort in knowing he’ll see them again
as they file away in a crocodile.

 

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