4 August, 2020
We once longed to have bald eagles back.
And back they came, from poisons that doomed
so many over the years. At last,
they’re common again. This morning, I saw
two wrangle over a hatchling loon
in the crown of a pine. Their little war
shivered the boughs like earthquake. I figured
one had carried the prey to that tree.
I tried to look away. I didn’t,
but watched till they ripped apart the chick.
Each raptor took its portion away,
entrails hanging from the larger one’s grip
like snakes I’ve seen in such terrible talons.
Our crackly portable radio brings
a retrospect of the monstrous explosion
in Beirut, a year ago precisely:
reports of the dead, the homeless, the maimed.
I think – you don’t have to tell me how tritely –
I want the whole damned world to change.