Tuesday, November 19, 2013
POEM: "The Osprey"
Guan guan cry the ospreys
On the islet in the river.
from Shi Jing (The Book Of Songs) 7th cent. BCE
Athena carries King Pandion to safety in Megara
A rehabber rescues an osprey fallen prey to our debris
A rest from the shit the oil slick the plastics the DDT
She should be mesmerizing fish with her razor feet
Greetings from the Blancan the seas are getting colder
A cousin’s claw fossil 2½ million years old says hello
She asks you if hubris is the left side of madness
whether it brings ruin to the “sovereignty of nature”
Like grabbing hold of a fish so heavy it will drown me
The waters rising over and my old heart getting colder
The sun shines in her eyes she shades them with a wing
Tomorrow the shoals of decent fish who dream of light
99% of the moon illuminated and the waters are calm
The sky big & clear tonight who knows how late this is.
for Charles Causey in Islamorada
© 2013 Rob Schackne
photo: Charles Causey