Wait. Strike that. Reverse it.
But on second thought, I think the title works quite well, as we gather under the poetry tree to read about vultures to each other, and something about them, a truth never heard spoken, but that rings true to the core. That’s what poetry is about.
Tonight I found this quote over at The Poetry Question (I’ll come back to that wonderful blog, and this favorite topic of mine soon!) from Audre Lourde “. . . it is through poetry that we give name to those ideas which are—until the poem—nameless and formless, about to be birthed, but already felt.” And that’s what this poem by David Bottoms does for this lover of birds of prey.
So this is my answer to John Nooney’s Weekly Reading Out Loud Challenge on Poetically Versed. I loved his choice for this week, and like to imagine he had my birding hobbies at least a little in mind when he chose this. If you enjoy reading poems out loud, I encourage you to try recording the poem yourself first, before listening to my reading or John’s. This whole exercise is to draw out of us some of the many interpretations that can come from divergent readings of poems. You might see something in a poem that I didn’t see, and it might come out in your inflection or your tone, or the lightness or seriousness with which your voice strokes the words.
So I encourage you to go to John’s poetry blog and read the poem, or read it below, then record it in your own voice. Don’t fuss over this too much, it’s just for practice and fun, and there are few things better than reading poems out loud, so don’t get hung up. I’ll even include the words below, but don’t let our interpretations influence yours. Read yours first, then listen to ours and go back to link your recording (on Soundcloud, YouTube or whatever venue you prefer) to John’s post. My reading is below the text here on this page, and John’s reading is on his page.
Have fun! I can’t wait to hear your version.
- Reading Poems Out Loud with John – Emily Dickinson Edition (dadpoet.wordpress.com)
- Read Out Loud: Emily Dickinson – Follower Submission (poeticallyversed.com)
- Weekly Reading Out Loud Challenge: “Under The Vulture-Tree” by David Bottoms (poeticallyversed.com)
- I wish to be reincarnated as a vulture (okazakifragments.wordpress.com)