Birds of prey

“Of all types of birds, birds of prey have always fascinated people.” ~ Jim Knight

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As daylight yielded to the dusk

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With nightfall yet to come,
A ghostly apparition surfed
Before the setting sun.

Was it a sign of past events,
Of battles false and true?
Perhaps instead a harbinger
Of deeds we’ve yet to do.

We cannot know its meaning
Though a few will always try.
The answers lie within our hearts,
Not written in the sky.

Poem and photo by Richard Fogg

Where unicorns run free

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To those mysterious lands you long to see:

Through gypsy camps and swirling Arab fairs

And moonlit woods where unicorns run free.

~ Shel Silverstein

                                                                                                                       Photo by Richard Fogg


Their Finchy Beaks

“In the fields
we let them have-
in the fields
we don’t want yet-

where thistles rise
out of the marshlands of spring, and spring open-
each bud
a settlement of riches-

a coin of reddish fire-
the finches
wait for midsummer,
for the long days,

for the brass heat,
for the seeds to begin to form in the hardening thistles,
dazzling as the teeth of mice,
but black,

filling the face of every flower.
Then they drop from the sky.
A buttery gold,
they swing on the thistles, they gather

the silvery down, they carry it
in their finchy beaks
to the edges of the fields,
to the trees,

as though their minds were on fire
with the flower of one perfect idea-
and there they build their nests
and lay their pale-blue eggs,

every year,
and every year
the hatchlings wake in the swaying branches,
in the silver baskets,

and love the world.
Is it necessary to say any more?
Have you heard them singing in the wind, above the final fields?
Have you ever been so happy in your life?”

~ Mary Oliver.