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The Hawk
by E T Waldron
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
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photo Red Hawk


Like an arrow shot from heaven
the hawk descended
landing on the roof across from me
I thought it would go through the roof
it had come with such force, so beautiful
 it lifted off almost immediately
back up to where it had come from
so high almost out of sight

Red hawks usually descend only into nests
to catch their prey, baby birds
they circle  high, until they spot
what they want, they make their  dive
causing a furor as all the lesser birds
try to scare the hawk off by diving into it
only rarely do the birds scare it away

This is how some mortals operate
and those they swoop down and dally with
usually wind up defeated or even dead
the sad thing is they keep getting away with it
with the hawk it's natural, they must eat
but humans do it out of a sick need for power
to wear as trophies, of all their conquests


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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 2/5/2006
well said
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 2/4/2006
Very strong and powerful penned, put a big cause of the world's misery right into perspective!
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 2/2/2006
Powerful and creative write Eileen, in my line of work I run across more of these human predators everyday, very sad indeed!
love and peace...
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 2/1/2006
Beautiful picture. I see hawks all day long in the mountain wash behind my home. Good analogy too. Predators are where you least expect to find them and where one SHOULD feel safe and protected, in one's home and their faith. Sad world.

Thoughtful work.

Reviewed by Paul Williams 2/1/2006
Love that pic Eileen, a sad refelction of the society we live in today...and they don't always get away with it. There are bigger predators out there.

Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 2/1/2006
"until they spot what they want, they make their dive
causing a furor as all the lesser birds try to scare the hawk off by diving into it only rarely do the birds scare it away."

Enough said!

Reviewed by Only A Poet 2/1/2006
have never understood human predators, this is a powerful write Lady Eileen.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/1/2006
Magnificent ofering!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 2/1/2006
Wel those mortals, as with all, have the boss to reckon with.
But our Hawk fighter plane is a dynamic bird...
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 2/1/2006
Yep. Animals are smarter than us. Must be. Everyone says it is so. Beautiful poem. Animals. Super intelligent, just ask Flipper. Or Lassie. The Nipperdawg.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/1/2006
Eileen, this takes me back to when I'd see red-shouldered hawks in Ohio. Beautiful, thought provoking write! Well done, dear! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Jane Rodway 2/1/2006
Yes, well, the animal world is on a balance that I doubt most humans will ever understand, though it seems like you do. I LLLLLLLOVED the photo, I love watching hawks here, too, flying and swooping.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/1/2006

Excellent poem that expresses why feathered and furred creatures are oftentimes better than humans. Sad to say this is true...well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip 2/1/2006
Hi Eileen:
In nature, pecking orders are established intra-species, often in not so gentle ways. When it comes to inter-species competition cruelty has little recognition nor bounds, other than a rare outcropping of empathy. Civilization is the nurturing of empathy.
Reviewed by George Carroll 2/1/2006
Great poem and pic that exposes the underbelly of life on this earth.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 2/1/2006
Very fine metaphorical write that exposes the hypocrisy and cynicism
of those who prey on other's feelings and vulnerabilities !
I believe in the Cosmic Wheel and Karma Eileen, and firmly believe what goes round, must come back again, just like a comet in its elliptical circumnavigation of the Universe 1
Those who practise those misdemeanours will receive their full punishment in the fullness of time !
Beautiful picture of a beautiful red tailed hawk !
I have seen many of those magnificent creatures in California !
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