Skyline sentry

The ancient eavesdropper

Aloft screeches the skyline sentry,

perched on drooping cedar bough,

wide yellow eyes scanning for earthbound morsels,

head rotating to catch the slightest breath or footfall,

as whispers of wind stroke its mottled feathered horns.

The night begins with the rustle of foliage. 

Talons unclasped and wings spread wide,

locked in a silent swooping glide,

its reach connects with flesh and bone – 

one tiny heartbeat flutters and expires.

All lies still under the watch of an owl.

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About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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4 Responses to Skyline sentry

  1. keelymyles says:

    I adore birds and poems about them are also a thrill. Beautiful!

  2. susanissima says:

    Wonderful! Love all birds, but especially owls. Nice capture.

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