circling

a hawk flies

overhead

during my drive

around

rt 45

 

will  it

swoop

                                  dive

down

to grab

an unsuspecting field mouse?

 

when I was younger

a seabird flew low

wings wide

in front our canoe

a snake held tight

in both talons

my heart raced

or maybe

it was a stick

black

curved

stiff

for a nest?

 

the hawk circles above

lower

            lower still

 

my car

does not notice

the other cars ahead

nor the red light at the

end of the road

 

I look down

in time

safely stopped

gazing skyward yet again

the hawk is gone

I drive off

 

 

 

 

 

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