Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Wild Again

Champagne to celebrate breeding success -
the rare dove, the rare eagle
both released back into the wild

Scientists and tourists alike gasp in delight
to watch the newly wild eagle plunge
through the sky in pursuit of prey

Delight is stunned into silence
when the eagle's first victim is seen -
a newly wild, rare dove


Birds and Bonds for Totally Optional Prompts

20 comments:

polona said...

nature has its way and nothing a man can do about it...
i love this poem.

Mad Kane said...

I really liked that. Didn't see that ending coming at all! :)
Mad Kane

Janice Thomson said...

What an impact this makes - and yet my first impression is : silly scientists didn't you to stop to think an eagle is a bird of prey?
Excellent Juliet.

...deb said...

This painted hubris so clearly, so concisely. Well done.

Alina Sharon said...

There is a wonderful ballance in nature that makes the stuff of great writing. I loved the choice of subject.

Jo said...

Very surprising turn.....well done.

A.Decker said...

Having the ego curse of a hairless two-leg, I cringe wondering what sees us the way that eagle saw the dove.

gautami tripathy said...

I agree with Polona. Nature knows best...

rooted

HL said...

Only in America (-_^)

Crafty Green Poet said...

HL - actually this is based on a true story from Mauritius!

paisley said...

thus the food chain... but it is a good sign that he was ready to be returned to the wild!!!!!

very nicely done crafty,, very clever....

Dennis said...

I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I’m befuddled but grateful. Nice images.

UL said...

Circle of life complete...free and wild, beautiful.

UL

tumblewords said...

Ah, yes. Such a great look at what we do in the name of ....

Mike Mc said...

I can imagine the two birds being raised in adjacent cages and the eagle thinking, 'one of these days I'm taking that thing to lunch.'

SweetTalkingGuy said...

It's a bit like putting the cat amongst the pigeons - well written.

sister AE said...

nicely done.

http://mybackyard.blogsome.com said...

quite a twist at the end of your poem.

Linda said...

I admire the way you told this story in so few words. More would have gotten in the way of that stark image. Clear and consise!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Paisley - that's a very good point!

Dennis - yes that was my reaction to the story!

Mike - I can see that too!

Sweet Talking Guy - indeed!

My backyard, ul, tumblewords, Linda, SisterAE - thanks!