Peregrine Falcon.

Gliding high in the pale blue sky,

then dropping swiftly,

talons tearing into unsuspected flesh,

it stands, wings outstretched,

hiding its prey,

eyeing its prey,

pecking at it,

then flying off with it,

towards the mountains,

while I watch in awe.


26 thoughts on “Peregrine Falcon.

    • Yes, I struggled a bit at first it seemed a bit wooden, then rewrote it and it came out good. Am spending less and less time on the net at the moment, but maybe I will find a balance soon, and get back to writing. Thanks for the comment , best wishes and blessings, Charles.

      • Glad to see you are taking time away. It may be hard to recognize, but I have also stepped back a bit. During school, I always HAVE to be near a computer. If I have free-time, I then write. Now that I have the choice to be outdoors or just spending time with the kids, I am enjoying it thoroughly. So all I can say to you is “Enjoy away!”

      • Thanks, I think I deserve a bit of a break, having written a poem every night for over two years, as well as other writings as well. I wrote a first draft of a novel in this time as well, and like with the poetry need to get it ready for publication. I have 7 arch leaver files full of poems, which does not include my earlier poems going back all the way to 1974!

      • That’s pretty good – a poem every night for two years. Many struggle with writer’s block so you have to give yourself credit! I am usually not at a loss for words, but often won’t write if I don’t want to or just need a break. If I go too many days without writing, I get rather grumpy. Odd – when I think I had not written for so many years. Now, I cannot imagine being without it for long periods of time. A novel too? Oh, wow. I can’t wait to see it! Hoping you get a chance to get them published. They would be a gem.

      • Thanks Sumyanna, actually I also get the grumpy morbs if I don’t write, but am enjoying this little sabbatical. I started my novel without much planning or thought, so though I have finished a first draught, it is so many stiles and the characters have changed so much that I am going to have to do a really major rewrite, to get it into shape before thinking of publication.

      • Glad I’m not alone… It is a new feeling for me. I do hope you get to go over the story. Sometimes looking it over a second or more times just makes it all that much better. The hardest part is often finding an idea!

      • The idea was easy, and then I just wrote without planning at all, which lead to all the inconsistencies. Before I had always drawn up a plan , started writing, read what I had written, decided it was not very good, tawn it up and started to write it again, but found I never got more than ten pages done, so would give up. I’m told by many that writing the story is the easy part, doing the rewrites is the hard part. Well I will be find out sojme time soon!

      • Seriously… I have to say that I am a perfectionist. If I were to write a poem on paper, I would have a pile next to me crumpled up. Not only because the poem may not go where I want it to go, but also because the handwriting is not good enough. Ugh. Hate those days. Even on the computer I would try to reach perfection, but somehow along the way I decided to just write. Over time, I can look back at it and edit it how I want, unless I am already unhappy, which is usually not the case. I write a lot more and get a lot more quality poetry that way. It’s not to say I don’t edit at all. I will read and reread for how it flows… but I just don’t hover over a phrase and try to figure out what comes next. I just let the poem take me where it wants to go.

      • Actually for poetry I write the same way, just let it flow, and I have written poems several pages long using that technique, but some how it does not work so well for prose and novel writing, where more definition is needed, and characters have to remain in character etc, etc. That is why I am going have to do such a major rewrite to get it read for publication.

      • I have never written a story… other that children’s stories. I mean, I have – back in high school, but that was a loooooong time ago πŸ™‚ I really want to get back into story writing, but worry mostly because I don’t have enough time to focus. Perhaps I will just keep trying to write small things until I get the chance to develop more.

      • I think that this sound idea. Perhaps once your children are older, and there is more time, start to try then, as there maybe more time for yourself then. I am leaving my novel until I retire, which is not that long a time, for the same reason.

      • How in the world do you get good at stories though? I am good at beginnings, coming up with ideas. I don’t know… I worry I won’t be able to pull through an entire story. I have never tried, of course – but for some odd reason I would really like to. Kid’s stories I am capable of (and hope to write more as time allows) but I don’t know. I’m wondering if I should take a class, read more about it, or if it is just something you get out there and just do. Any suggestions?

      • There are lots of books on this, which you should be able to find at your local library. There are also free courses available on the net, but have never tried them. Never get in a panic about it; ideas will come. I know of several books that started out as different articles in a newspaper, my friend thought up a plot and characters to tell the story. Stories more and more are semi biographical. It would be a pity to miss all your great poems while you are writing novels! Had an idea for a new book of poems: I am presently reading Ted Hughes’ Birthday poems, a set of biographical poems about his life with Sylvia Plath, so I thought maybe I will try and write my life, as series of poems. Sorry I disappeared for awhile again, I was struck down with pneumonia, but seem to be making a good recovery.

      • Thank you – we are πŸ™‚ Hoping that doesn’t happen too soon. I am fortunate that we enjoy eachother’s company. Funny thing is, they keep insisting they will all get married and their extended families will just live with us. Either that, or they threaten they will buy the house next door. It’s too cute for words πŸ™‚

      • That’s great, though sometimes, studies work, marriage take children to different cities, countries etc. My father was rather overbearing, so was quite pleased to be living and working in a different town. After that our relationship became far better. Many families do stick together and live in the same street, like my writer friend John O’leary, who lives in the same street as his brothers and sister.

    • Thanks, i love seeing the wild life in my garden, and in The table Mountain National park, part of which is 5 minutes walk from here. At the park I have seen many different birds of pray, snakes, caracles and many other interest animals and plants, many of which alas are now dangerously close to extinction. So I am doing what I can to fight for them and to savor the fact that I have seen and enjoyed their company in the wild. Loved your blog, what a thrill to experience these wonderful birds from so close up, when in Britain I often go to Falconry displays.

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