Sunday, June 18, 2006

Laura, Hawk of the City

Betsy McKenzie

You had your own, big personality
Right from the start.
Perhaps that was why they labeled you:
Aggressive! And deported you to Quabbin.
You demanded to be taken at your own estimation.
Even by humans.

It took time, and patience,
And a special person,
To begin rapprochement.

Now you visit when you have time
And inclination, and even chat a bit.
You tease a bit, in hawkish humor.
A glamorous personality,
You know how to pose, enjoy the attention.
A celebrity hawk, but always on your own terms.

Photo is actually of this particular red-tailed hawk that has been nesting at the Old Granary Burying Ground in Boston, from boston.com, the Boston Globe website.


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