Hawk watches, contained (Draw a Bird Day)

hawk full collage

In the stillness of being
feathers ruffle, answering the wind–
a place of becoming, of seeing.

Not sleeping, not dreaming–
on each moment twinned
in the stillness of being.

Intense silence teeming–
gathered complete within–
a place of becoming, of seeing.

While watching, a keying–
breath held as if pinned
in the stillness of being.

On edges a freeing–
unmoving around the rim–
a place of becoming, of seeing.

Wings sudden, untreeing–
a shift, an opening, begin
in the stillness of being–
a place of becoming, of seeing.

This hawk spent many hours on the tree outside my office window a few weeks ago.  Then all of a sudden with an opening of wings he was gone.  I first tried printing on a patchwork sky I had collaged (my photos of the hawk show a background of an almost unreal blue sky) but that didn’t work too well, so I ended up painting over it in acrylic.  I like the way the paper buckled up to give a texture to the feathers.

hawk watercolor s

I also did a watercolor on rice paper.  The stillness a hawk can embody is a surprise and delight each time I encounter it.  And with open wings…

The poem is a villanelle, a challenging form for me.  I recently read an anthology of contemporary poetry and found its poetic insistence on formlessness and unrhyming to be wearying, even though I liked quite a number of the poems.

collage hawk close up s

And Happy Draw a Bird Day!  It’s always a good day to celebrate birds.

 

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24 responses to “Hawk watches, contained (Draw a Bird Day)”

  1. merrildsmith says :

    I absolutely love your villanelle. It captures the kind of alert stillness of the hawk in its rhyme and rhythm. A few weeks ago, I watched a hawk perched on a nearby tree, and got a photo of it as it swooped down. Poor rabbit.
    I like your images, too, with the patchwork sky.

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  2. Jane Dougherty says :

    Untreeing—what a splendid rhyme! I too applaud you for this villanelle and totally agree that more poets ought to impose themselves the discipline of strict form and metre. It’s like artists claiming they don’t need to master the techniques of drawing.

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  3. Sharon Mann says :

    You’ve made a grand bird celebration for the hawk! I’m joying both art and the villanelle poem.

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  4. outsideauthority says :

    The bird is so ‘present’ in the picture. Bravo

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  5. kestrelart says :

    What a great mix of collage and paint

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  6. Charlie O'Shields says :

    This is so fabulous! Love it!! And happy Draw a Bird Day! I did as well and try to add it as the 8th prompt when I can… hehe… no idea if anyone still compiles these, but it’s fun to see them! 😍

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  7. Jill Kuhn says :

    In the stillness of being – I could learn more from a hawk – and all birds. Beautiful verse and paintings, Kerfe! Glad to see you are continuing with the draw-a-bird day! 🐦💕

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  8. crisantoandrada says :

    These paintings are really awesome.

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  9. alethakuschan says :

    What powerful, beautiful drawings!

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