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Red Tailed Hawk [Poem]

Flying Red Tail

Red tailed Hawk

Her shrill “kee-er-r-r” startles the air
The raptor soars above Allegany State Park
Her span of wings
floats on warm push of thermal column
Her fanned-out tail glows from the solar cauldron
The God-hawk radiates over the Cosmos

By: Maxwell Corydon Wheat, Jr ©


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17 responses

  1. Nice… the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the photo, and after I read the part about the “God-hawk” in the poem, is the ancient Egyptian depiction of the hawk or falcon in flight, wings outstretched.

    Here’s something I found on-line: “In ancient India, Persia, Mexico, Babylon, and Egypt, the hawk was a symbol of the power which carried the soul of man from earth to heaven.” – J. Mishlove

    Beautiful bird…

    20 February 2008 at 7:03 pm

  2. Great poem! I, too, love the “God-hawk” line. What a beautiful idea! Your picture compliments the poem perfectly (or vice versa).

    20 February 2008 at 7:26 pm

  3. Lisa at Greenbow

    I love hearing the startled air when it is startled with a RTHA cry. I could cry for some of that Solar Cauldron. I’m cold tonight. I have been cold all day…..

    20 February 2008 at 8:24 pm

  4. What an excellent poem to go with an equally excellent photo!! Great work!!

    20 February 2008 at 9:05 pm

  5. I love hawks. they are so magnificent! Red-shouldered are the primary hawks at least down in our area of Florida and it is always fun to hear them shrilling and then hearing another answering in return.

    20 February 2008 at 9:31 pm

  6. Beautiful shot!

    21 February 2008 at 1:08 am

  7. Very nice poem and picture. I like watching hawks soar while they scan the ground below. They look so graceful.

    21 February 2008 at 1:37 am

  8. Great, great photo – the markings underneath are completely clear and the majesty of the bird comes through clearly in photo and verse.

    21 February 2008 at 7:30 am

  9. @ Pinar – thanks and great poem you included!
    @ Rondi – thanks, I always love Max’s poems! Thanks
    @ Lisa – That cry is the best! It is cold here also! Full moon!
    @ Pam – thanks my friend!
    @ Misti – We do have them around here in the summer! They are such great birds! Thanks!
    @ aullori – thanks
    @ Linda – thanks and they are such amazing birds!
    @ Wren – thanks and was taken during the summer!

    21 February 2008 at 7:40 am

  10. Please tell the author that is a great poem.

    21 February 2008 at 8:44 am

  11. A hawk’s cry is as breathtaking as watching them soar overhead. Good job!

    21 February 2008 at 11:22 am

  12. Very nice. 🙂

    21 February 2008 at 4:07 pm

  13. Beautiful poem and image Tom 🙂

    21 February 2008 at 7:07 pm

  14. @ Toni – thanks and he does check this site from time to time!
    @ Mary – thanks and I always love Max’s poems!
    @ Lana – thanks
    @ Bernie – thanks and it is very beautiful!

    21 February 2008 at 8:04 pm

  15. Marg

    What is that blue thing behind the RTHA? Whatever it is I want some

    Love their cry, and the poem and the shot!

    22 February 2008 at 9:21 am

  16. LOL, we call that blue sky Marg! LOL

    22 February 2008 at 10:30 pm

  17. good eye, good thoughts

    27 February 2008 at 9:34 am

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