Saturday Poem / American Bald Eagle

From our canoes on the Yukon / we spot the white head . . .

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From our canoes on the Yukon

we spot the white head

 

watch a powerful lift off

talons fully extended

 

folding wings that follow

keen eyes’ focus to a steep dive

 

to arced claws

clutching a writhing Coho

 

On the ferry

while passing through the Tongass

the naturalist tells us

 

The greatest concentration

of eagles in Alaska is at

the Ketchikan garbage dump

 

On the South Side

I watch pigeons

 

think of representatives

of the United Sttates

 

surrounding themselves

with garbage

 

relinquishing

any semblance of

 

honor    dignity

Barry G. Governor

Barry G. Governor is a retired health-care worker living in Brentwood. His work has been published in The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Flipside, The Loyalhanna Review and other small presses. He is a member of Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange and has led poetry workshops at Brentwood Public Library.


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