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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Duncan's Falcon In Flight



Duncan's Falcon In Flight

a shrouded falcon waits to fly with a disciplined anticipation
every muscle and tendon taught as suspension wires
that hold the golden gate aloft above the entrance to the bay
the falcon sees no perspective from its cloaked darkness
it plays out turns in the sky as it closes on the prey
to seek the acceptance of its master
trained for this in daily regimen
given praising rewards for its prowess
it gathers strength from each motion
it holds its head up, alert and waiting
for ultimate perspective to be revealed
birds of the sky flee in fear of its talons
sharpened black pointed differences
admonished for overzealous maneuvers
against the master's arm that holds it high
tethered to a master's hold on the falconer's rest
a beautiful bird of prey waiting to behold its own magnificence
turning circles and dives and aerial twists in its minds keen eye
free falling in dives as it moves and glides and soars after its mark
the sparrow the lark the pigeon the canary the crow the starling
all know that the falcon's shadow is a fearful sight on any day of flight
they may even have unsettled dreams of its menace as shivering chicks
set upon by the fatal talons in its last moment before jarring awake
stirring into the reality that the falcon that is trained to satiate
for the reward of pride and nourishment is the most deadly ending
to the simple traces of a birds life of worm and seed fed neutrality
the falcon soars above the admonishments of birds against it
the falcon relishes opportunity to prove itself in any manner
dressed in hood and tether it stretches its gilded shiny wings
as the hood is removed it preens in a new love before it sets
for a new attack with the heart beating in the chest so fast so heavy
this is the chance that it has been hatched from desire for so long ago
this eternal falcon that has always wanted to please its mother
that has always wanted to protect its lands from skies to low valleys
that has always sought to end the admonishment of father and siblings
wanting to rightfully fly its mission on sharpened turns of valiant wings
it flies forth out of darkness into light that it has never known until now
a light it has only seen in dreams of days it hoped for above green fields
spiraling through the skies for freedom to serve its holy master, love

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