Padraic Colum

(8 December 1881 – 11 January 1972 / County Longford)

Vultures - Poem by Padraic Colum

FOUL-FEATHERED and scald-necked,
They sit in evil state;
Raw marks upon their breasts
As on men's wearing chains.

Impure, though they may plunge
Into the morning's springs,
And spirit-dulled, though they
Command the heaven's heights.

Angels of foulness, ye,
So fierce against the dead!
Sloth on your muffled wings,
And speed within your eyes!


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010



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