Peregrine: #poetry #Earthweal

You appeared as if a small bird
soaring skyward like an anchor in reverse
but oh, that skydive as you folded in your wings and hurtled earthwards
as if the sky hung suspended and
time, telescoped with adrenaline
slowed down to that calculated
fatal moment
bullet blow to your prey
sky-arc of the angel of death
all witnessed as one
drawing in of breath:
Falcon magnificence.

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Posting for Earthweal’s Open Link Weekend #46. I have fellow Earthwealer Suzanne, of Mapping Uncertainty to thank for the prompt. I was discussing with her the impact of seeing a Peregrine Falcon hunting in the wild once long ago. It certainly made an impression on me.

21 thoughts on “Peregrine: #poetry #Earthweal

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  1. Ingrid, Wonderful description of the falcon hunting! “anchor in reverse,” “sky-arc of the angel of death”

    I have watched the ospreys fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and carrying a fish back to their nest. Your lovely poem brings those memories vividly to life.

    Have a wonderful day! <3

    1. We had a pair of Ospreys who would spend each summer in the English Lake District: I went to watch them
      A few times and they too were magnificent!

  2. Yes, so well-drawn and orchestrated (second line was a little difficult to absorb, you might rephrase so the reader doesn’t get hung up there), the rise and dire falling of this bird of prey. The last three lines pull it into sharpest focus and leaves it there, like a caught breath of wonder. – Brendan

  3. WOW! That is an absolute beauty…You have captured the falcon’s flight so beautifully.
    Loved it. πŸ™‚

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