Wednesday, April 27, 2011
the watchers in the year of the eagle
It was the year of the eagles,
across the sea an island
comes apart, waters moved like trains,
mountain clouds rose
and swept God's hem dropping
cinder and jewels.
The earth settles back into her
circular wisdom holding seasons
like kites in the wind.
The watchers count eagles
shiny in the rain. Gold in the first
daylight ribbon. White-headed,
massively winged. On island, in gardens,
over hatchery ponds. We huddle along with them,
breath next to breath.
Guardians. All of our thousand eyes
sweep nests. Places where the white
gems are laid, oh fragile cages.
Then quickly symphony of flight machine
screams and feathers dashing away with a life,
an eagle is torn and machine falters.
This is when the violin plays.
This is when the young in the great nest
listen. This is when the people reach in
and wrap them in a safe darkness.
This is when the father returns.
And my heart turns to the violin
and I sing and sing. The father's white head
lowers and looks at the woven limbs,
circled twig place of quiet.
I take the violin and play while we wait
and then away his wings take him, clutch at the sky.
Listen, far away. He can almost hear
his lost mate,
her feeling, the leaving,
the wanting to stay.
His eyes gather up silence, stars,
as he flies the burnt umber fields,
and I hold out my hand
for pieces of his wounded heart
like small white tufts
in honor of the eagle family
c2011 T.L.Stokes (all rights reserved)
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