Thursday, December 15, 2016

Birds of the Quarry, 6 - The Great Blue Heron, 2

In the tumult of planes and space
the heron's head reconciles necessities
to the alignment of its own perfect horizon.

Its body follows, in splendid obedience
to equilibrium
and its ready architecture.

Laterally retracted, axially extended,
the heron consolidates its ascent
with a sweep of its primaries. 

It considers gravity. It recruits
the apparent emptiness of space
and glides away.
Its head compels elegance
onto the details of its flight,
a reckoning of beauty and predicament.

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