I can’t look.

A gang of black vultures are circling the manicured street I’m on, and I know they’re not here for the view.

I can’t look, but my eyes do. They race to find the crush of splattered guts and bloody fur on the asphalt. A possum hit by a driver who ran off in a fast car. Breakfast rises up in my throat. My belly trips.

The vultures whoosh in. The majesty and nightmare of their beating wings etched in the azure sky is a swirling dance of death so beautiful and macabre, I am electrified.

They surround the corpse and tear into it, feathers thrashing as they vie for the choicest cut. I watch as they stretch the dead body and yank it apart, ripping flesh from bone with the blades of their hissing teeth. I am sickened and have rarely felt more alive.

Human voices rise in and outside me. Cries of disgust, outrage and primordial fear. I see us in my mind’s eye, around the table at an all-you-can-eat buffet, gorging on the feast. My heart roars as grunting vultures line the shores of my inner beast. I will not look away.


The tail-end of the meal, filmed by my husband. Most of the vultures are gone, having already had their fill.

Eyes by:  Ruiizu-Chan

For more posts about Roadkill, chew on these:

All Living Things 1 and All Living Things 2.



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