Today, as I was sitting at my desk at home, I spied a hawk flying close to and above my building.
It reminded me of the hawk I once spied last year hovering above the Golden Gate Bridge, gaze fixed upon its prey below, as I hiked from my place to the bridge along the Alta, Morning Sunrise and SCA trails.
Almost immediately dropping what I was doing. I jumped outside onto my balcony to watch it fly.
And there it was, soaring in the sky not too far above me, I watched it for a good long while in utter admiration.
The English Poet Ted Hughes used hawks as a allegory to human weakness and cruelty.
I sit in the top of the wood, my eyes closed.
Inaction, no falsifying dream
Between my hooked head and hooked feet:
Or in sleep rehearse perfect kills and eat.
The convenience of the high trees!
The air’s buoyancy and the sun’s ray
Are of advantage to me;
And the earth’s face upward for my inspection.
My feet are locked upon the rough bark.
It took the whole of Creation
To produce my foot, my each feather:
Now I hold Creation in my foot
Or fly up, and revolve it all slowly –
I kill where I please because it is all mine.
There is no sophistry in my body:
My manners are tearing off heads –
The allotment of death.
For the one path of my flight is direct
Through the bones of the living.
No arguments assert my right:
The sun is behind me.
Nothing has changed since I began.
My eye has permitted no change.
I am going to keep things like this.
— “Hawks Roosting” by Ted Hughes
* in looking at the video, I now think the bird was instead a California Condor, not a hawk, but hey it’s a bird, not a plane!
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5 thoughts on “A Hawk Soars”
Beautiful post, thank you for sharing. Love the imagery and the idea of freedom that a bird embodies. Predatory and gorgeous, senses always on high alert! This post earned you a follow and I look forward to seeing more of your posts.
Thank you very much! I find hawks and other predatory birds beautiful… I spied several on a hike to the Golden Gate Bridge one Saturday… On the Yellow Brick Road to the Golden Gate | The Secret of My SucCecil https://secretofmysuccecil.com/2015/12/03/on-the-golden-gate-road/
My pleasure! Same here. I was up in Maine last month and saw some young Peregrine Falcons still in the nest, it was amazing.
Peregrine Falcons are stunning!!
They really are. The mother was nested on a sheer cliff face, so they had the trail blocked off and a ranger out there with a spotting scope. It was a unique experience.