Portent of rural Midwest’s future?

Portent of the rural Midwest’s future? This scaffolding was erected to perform repair and maintenance on the clocktower and dome of the local county courthouse. Recently, the turkey vultures found it to be a comfortable roosting place. Forty of them. Sometimes more. This could be symbolic and leaves me with an uneasy feeling that some unpleasantness is looming over the rural Midwest. Are world and national affairs soon to provide a human feast for these buzzards? Each fall, the Midwest’s breeding population of turkey vultures migrates to southern states, Mexico, and Central America. Maybe this courthouse flock of birds is gathering only for their annual migration. Maybe.


About Jerry Johnson

Curmudgeon. Bird hunter and dog trainer. Retired journalist and college public relations director. Former teacher, coach, mentor. Novelist and short story writer. Husband, father, grandfather.
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