Flying Free

Flying Free

darkness, like a hood
at once
pent energy
prized light and freedom

forward beat of wings
reeling higher
seeking prey
quick turn
eyes fixed
ground rising
closing on prey
talons find their mark

visions of darkness
clouding hunger
for freedom
wings beat
wild and free
bidding farewell
constraints left behind


This is my response to Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge #20: Hourglass Poetry.
Hourglass poem ~ progression of 5-4-3-2-1-2-3-4-5, centered text

Depending on your point of view, falconry can be defended or condemned, but there’s no denying the beauty of a raptor in flight.
Photo source: (red-tailed hawk)


6 thoughts on “Flying Free

  1. I’ve never understood how the falconer gets the bird to come back once it’s caught the prey. Raptors aren’t known for their intelligence, assuming it’s intelligence to become dependent on a human being when you’re quite capable of finding food for yourself.
    Great sequence of poems. I was with the hawk.

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  2. Pingback: Poetry challenge Hourglass poems: the entries – Jane Dougherty Writes

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