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Sherry Hughes Beasley

The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia
I named him Percy, a pet
name assigned to a creature I would
probably never see again. 
But he was cute
and I did not fear too much
the bead eyes staring, the rooster-claw
beak, the inches-long talons that wrapped
the trainer’s gloved index finger
like piercing blades.
We stood in the field six
feet apart, extended our arms
as instructed and, with a lift of the trainer’s arm,
Percy flew off
high, higher into the cool spring air
then plunged toward us to pass
right under our arms precise and elegant
as fire and ice. Stunned,
we stared at his lazy loops as the trainer
let him have that joy, that bliss
his from birth.

© by Sherry Hughes Beasley.
Used with the author’s permission.



Sherry Beasley is the award-winning author of four poetry chapbooks and her work has appeared in numerous literary journals. Founder and senior editor of Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press, she is also a professional designer and artisan. Sherry, a native Virginian, lives near the Blue Ridge mountains.



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This poem is beautiful. Last week I saw an osprey diving for fish. Magnificent!
Posted 06/26/2015 12:35 PM
I could see him,, feel him, the rush --- falcon vs 'air', and his piercing eye...fearless. Loved it ~
Posted 06/26/2015 11:35 AM
The profound ambiguity at the heart of this one is stunning. The trainer/falcon etc. relationships nowhere near as simple as they appear at first reading!
Posted 06/26/2015 06:10 AM
Civilisation destroys freedom. I love the name 'Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press'. If only the falcon could redirect his prey.
Posted 06/26/2015 04:21 AM

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