As if Beauty Needed a Reason


This morning I froze upon seeing

a red-shouldered hawk on our fence,

with all the dignity that power can bring.

Then he unfolded his wide wings

and lifted off, revealing the design

of his black and white tail.

How did the beauty of hunter hawks,

of the buteos, the accipiters, the eagles

figure in their design and survival?

The buzzards fly lovely arcs and

swoops and spirals, but up close

resemble their carrion work.

Do the kestrels, however, the merlins,

harriers, kites, or the peregrines

have shapes and patterns to dazzle, say,

a field-mouse looking skyward

from a field of sweet peas, pausing briefly,

still watching, a moment too long?

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I've been writing mostly poetry for many years and have gotten a number of works accepted in publications and anthologies. I'm most interested in communicating with poets for whom craft is a high priority. I enjoy finding and commenting on poetic gems in other people's work. For my own work, I welcome polite comments, whether positive or critical.

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