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The Hawks Were Gone
by Regino L Gonzales, Jr.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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(The scourge of industrial progress...)

Hawks circling, a perfect geometry
Wings shining under the blue skies of Capillahan
Laser eyes locked on to the prospect prey 
Little chicks wandering, aimless
Scratching for small worms 
Away from mother hen’s realm
The predator dived to snatch an oblivious little chick
Its chosen meal for the day  
The raging lad, the chicks’ self-chosen protector
Waited, aimed, stretched his sling-shot, released 
And missed, badly missed 
As the nonchalant hawk soared back to the skies
Between the protector and the predator 
The battle was a draw 
As it has always been a hundred times before 
No winner, no loser  
The ground belongs to the merry chicks
The skies to the hawks
Progress named Industry came to town
Bringing smog to Capillahan 
Lured to education’s portals
The lad sadly left the mother hens 
To shield the unmindful chicks   
From the hunters in the skies
The lad returned as a man 
Not with a slingshot,
To resume battle with his adversaries
But with a camera, 
To capture a glimpse of their radiance beneath the blue skies 
But the hawks were gone


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Reviewed by Jerry Engler 8/18/2010
Regino, you capture the balance of hawks, chickens and humans, a way of life, and then in the last stanzas you capture what the introduction of industry has cost in those terms. It is difficult for that man to face the changes. Well done.......Jerry
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 6/24/2010
One of my favorite things to do is watch the hawks as they fly over my condo. I hear their call and run to the window to see their graceful swooping. This poem brought that to mind-the third verse is my favorite, almost a complete poem in itself. And that powerful ending/last line is felt even more because of the images you build in the reader's mind prior to it.
Reviewed by Jean Pike 6/22/2010
A wonderful poem, Regino. Sad and lovely.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/21/2010
There have been a few hawks around here, thank God, but only because man's progress has stolen their homes. For how long? Sad. Achingly penned.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Paul Judges 6/21/2010
Very well composed poem.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/21/2010
The lad returned as a man, with a camera, but the hawks were gone.

So very sad, and happening to far too many birds and animals, today, all over the world, as we humans continue to destroy more and more of god-given nature.
Reviewed by John Coppolella 6/20/2010
Author Regino Gonzales, you are a laurel among your people and bring a fresh perspective to nature's poetry. This work is usually interesting for it brings the suspense of a life and death struggle to the reader's eye, that would have gone unnoticed among the 'progress' of the world.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/20/2010
Powerful, Regino; and this is something with which I can completely relate as I have witnessed the destroying force of so-called "development" and "progress." Love and peace to you, friend,


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