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A Tale from Old Buzzard's Youth

Buzzard hears of a tribe that worships him, skims hillside & forest, & soars high in slow circle of observation & contemplation.
     Below him, villagers are flying a kite in his image, burning incense, laying out sacrificial meat.
     Touched by the meat, he dips a wing, & drops straight down.
     But villagers shoot arrows, & yell, ‘No! No! Holy meat is for HOLY buzzard!’
     Buzzard rises up, dives, catches & crushes kite-buzzard in his talons, shits on several archers & a priestess, scoops up meat, & eats with clenched brows in limbs of huge cactus, deep in Southwest.
     Makes him so sick, he pukes 2 days.
     Said the old buzzard Old Buzzard used to call Old Buzzard: ‘The art of forgetting is the radius of circle-soaring, slow, slow, in blue geometry of sky & bird.’


- Eric Chaet (USA)

Eric Chaet is a poet, essay writer and songwriter.
He was born in Chicago in 1945, and now lives in Wisconsin. His travel journal titled People I Met Hitchhiking on USA Highways has been published in book-form. His works have been translated into French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese.
His website is available for viewing at

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