Tag Archives: scavenger

Biodiversity challenge – Lammergeier

Bone meal

Scavenging angel
Takes to the skies,
Gains height,
With calcium prize
Clasped tight.

Carries that weight
In a crooked claw;
All skill and bone,
The talon of fate.

Providence in the fall
Of the marrow,
May the g-force be with you,
Deliver a sliver.

X marks the spot,
Take after take,
Then a lucky break.
Guzzles the lot.

Splinters and shards,
The whole nine yards.
Dish of the day
At the hard rock cafe.

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2015

Biodiversity challenge – Spotted hyena

Carrion laughing

Grinning grim reaper,
Savannah street sweeper.
Walking trash compactor,
Fan of the ex-factor.
Maniacal cackle,
Sixth sense of humerus,
An appetite to tackle parts
Too numerous to mention:
Entrails of the unexpected,
Gone in sixty seconds;
Carrion regardless,
Game for a laugh.
Face that crunched a thousand hips
– Pelvis of buffalo,
Toppled towers of calcium
– Neck of giraffe.
Intestine testing, one, two, three,
Clan prince of soundbites.
How do I mug thee?
Let me count the ways.
Get it while it’s hot,
Or not.
One bone every minute,

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014.

Biodiversity challenge – Brown hyena

The Remains of the Day

Maw agape;
Brown hyena
Taking shape.
Silent silhouette
Above his parapet
Of rock
Draws breath,
Takes stock,
And prowls the strand
For signs of life
Or death.

Once more unto the beach
He wends, once more
And combs the shore.
Sniffer-out of
Unattended seal pups,
Snapper-up of
Unconsidered trifles,
Rifling his way
Through the remains
Of the day.

Shapeshifting demon,
Namibian ghost,
Making the most
Of the Skeleton Coast.

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014.