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



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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