Consider the Snail Kite

Consider the snail kite
A bird of great speed.
Which is really a trait
That he doesn’t need.

Up there on air currents
Without effort he sails.
But when he attacks
All he catches are snails.

With claws that can rip
And a beak that can bite.
The snails that he eats
Hardly put up a fight.

The speed of a bullet,
Eyesight without fail,
He’s a mite overqualified
For chasing a snail.

But one question we know
His wife will not hear.
One that husbands all ask,
“What’s to eat tonight, Dear?”

Recently, when the job market was tight, college graduates, when applying for jobs in the fast food market, were told that they were overqualified.
The snail kite, or Everglade kite, is a raptor. This family of birds includes all of the birds of prey, such as the bald eagle, the hawk family and of course the owls.

The raptors are designed for speed and killing. It has always intrigued me as to how such an overqualified bird stooped to the status of dining almost exclusively on one of the slowest and most defenseless of God’s creatures. When they applied for the position, God should have told them that they were overqualified.


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