her veed shadow
slides over grass
in slow spirals of seeking
for the small things
I feel of something that’s well, and beautifully, said by this poem.
Thanks so much–means so much coming from you!
a small metaphor of having sharp keen eyes for the word. nice susan:)
Thank you, Celestine.
can one say “beautiful” but still side with the prey – with the small things that the predator swoops on in a celebration of strength, guile, stealth, swiftness and patience?
Oh, yes, please do! I admired the eagle’s grace and was still cheering for the small things!
Searching for the delicacy of poetry purposeful, patient
in slow spirals of seeking
The last two stanzas seem to circle the way I have noticed hawks and eagles circle. It is funny, but it is a hawk that I saw in my mind while reading this even though your poem reminded me of Tennyson’s “The Eagle”:
He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.
The inspiration for this was seeing the bald eagle (well, one of our pair) soaring and gliding the thermals, but then s/he dropped low, and I was enthralled with the shadow was that was coasting and gliding on the ground–it was almost as if the shadow was hunting, and not the bird. Love the Tennyson poem
I really like the image of the “shadow hunting.” I can see that on a hot summer day with a brilliant blue sky.
It was stunning. I have never seen that before–I guess you need to have a really large bird of prey to throw one that magical and menacing. Interestingly enough, just this morning, I just read the section in Becoming Animal (which I got at your suggestion–loving it and thanks for suggesting it, BTW) where he discusses shadows as being part of us. Remembering the eagle’s shadow from the day before really brought this home to me.
I’m so glad you got the book and are enjoying it! That section on shadows is, I think, brilliant. It was captivating from start to finish and I can honestly say I have never read anything quite like it.
I am completely enthralled with his book. The only other piece of writing that has had that kind of an effect on me was Annie Dillard’s Holy the Firm.
I will have to check that out then.
Oh, do–I read it the first time I think in 2-3 hours, would not put it down. Actually, I think I stole my copy from someone–it has his name in the cover. Gosh. Just realizing that 20 years later, lol.
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