Saturday, March 10, 2012


The kind that pulls all of the air 
out of the Room Without Walls. 
The wind is afraid to press on. 
The smallest of birds 
bows with great dignity 
beneath the leaves of the holly tree. 

The kind that demands respect 
and accepts open-mouthed fear 
as appropriate recompense. 
The kind that misses 
not one single flicker of movement 
in the shadows of the Room Without Walls. 

The kind that always demands 
the most impressive of locations 
with the vastest of views 
for the smoothest of departures 
across the water and the tangled ravines
to the rest of his domain.

Your Majesty, 
All but the noisy and rude crows 
honor your presence 
with their silence and lowered heads. 
All but the black feathered ones 
accept your ownership 
of all that can be seen 
with just one sharp golden eye.

(He is the largest specimen I have ever seen and paused on the side of my river just long enough for a photo.)


Twin City Joan said...

If it is the biggest one you have ever seen, it is probably a female. In many of the raptor species, the female is larger than the male.

SueAnn said...

He is gorgeous and your words clothe him perfectly.

Chris said...

Fitting tribute.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Beautiful image
Wonderful words..

Dave King said...

Lovely. Royal from top to claw, I agree. Superb image and a script to do him justice.

Shrinky said...

Oh my, I don't know which I admire the most, your glorious photograph of him, or these majestic lines you've so brilliantly penned! Bravo, dear lady, you leave me in awe!

Granny Annie said...

Unbelievable right place at the right time photo!

Hilary said...

Oh beautiful.. the baldie and your fine words. What a magnificent creature.

Jenny Woolf said...

Stunning photo! And your words are so appropriate.

Robert Sobczak said...

All I can say is ... "Wow!"

Pauline said...

Love the royal depiction. Equally love the impertinent crows.

Hilary said...

Beautiful shot of this majestic creature, and beautiful post.
Congrats on POTW.

Linda said...

A stunning photo and well-written verse to accompany it. Congratulations on your POTW. It's well deserved. By the way, are you watching the live nest cam for the eagles in Decorah, Iowa? There are three eggs, with the first due to hatch around the 25th of this month.

Out on the prairie said...

A nice capture to have.It is hard to get close to them, many are migrating up the Missouri River near me.

Linda in New Mexico said...

This bird is just gorgeous and you words are so eloquant. Oma Linda

Nezzy said...

You captured a wonderful picture of this most majestic bird.

Our eagles appeared several weeks ago. One Sunday mornin' this Ozark Farm Chick spotted a really young eagle in the big old elm outside our dinnin' room.

God bless ya and have yourself a sunshiny kinda day from the happy hills and hollers of the Missouri Ponderosa.

ethelmaepotter! said...

Royalty - so fitting on as majestic as this great bird. Your words are PERFECT. Congrats on a well-deserved POTW!

LadyFi said...

Wow - stately and majestic!

Laura said...

wow indeed...what a beauty!!!