A Tormented Soul........

Last night I took this picture as the eagle fed on a fish near a job I'nm doing and the river I was surprised how close he let me get ! I stood within fifty feet and wondered why ? As he flew towards a hidden nest somewhere with his meal , I found myself regretting this intrusion ! I hope he lives forever .............:-}






Mankind will one day pay a price for his
dominant ways
If I were a god I would never have
chosen man in his primitive days

To domineer the animal world by power no doult
lacking all foresight
He'd poison and herbicide the weeds
he polluted the rivers by night

And the irony of majestic image
an eagle he chose to honor and respect
And then brought too near to extinction
sacrificial neglect

Then leaving me to regret this intrusion
he flew away from his meal
And I stood and watched him go
I know just how you feel

Only mankind can destroy such awesome
beauty and do it with terrible ease
And only the animal will ever know
when man comes to his knees

I hope that when mans reign is through
this eagle stands in perfect poise
And the only sounds that will be heard then
the wings and winded noise









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dreamseeker2 3 years ago

Awesome photo and poem, ahorseback! Mankind does do so much damage to the earth, its creatures and each other. Found your poem to be poignant and beautiful! Thanks for sharing it! : )


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Gorgeous photo, beautiful poem.


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Dreamseeker ! You are fast Girl ! I no sooner published than you commented ! Thank you darlin !


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

I could not believe it Becky ! I spotted it in the white snow beside the river by a roadway ! And snuck up a bit while it was busy feeding on a fish I think !...I've only seen a couple in my life ! Wow! Thank you for sharing !


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

You merged your borderlines. Word is; you did not sneak up on her at all. But you showed respect and she felt that. When we can get that close to a healthy bird of prey, it is not our cunning or their lack of noticing. It is in a bond shared that you will never lose and neither will she.

As you well remind us, not all men are bad!


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CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Oh, these poor creatures! Not sure if you've seen this already but thought I'd share anyway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C8wx7G3efE

Awesome photo Ed and as always, such an enjoyable read.

Love from the sky~


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh I love Eagles what a beautiful bird and your poem is exquisite...

many blessings to you

voted up

Debbie


Sarra Garrett 3 years ago

Voted up, awsome and beautiful! I know how you feel. We have Bald Eagles here in Nebraska and I always stop and watch them for their beauty and grace. Mankind is not kind to animals as animals stand in the way of 'progress' which is actually regress. I hunt and fish but I eat what I kill and take no more than what I need. That's the way it is supposed to be.


Sarra Garrett 3 years ago

Voted up, awsome and beautiful! I know how you feel. We have Bald Eagles here in Nebraska and I always stop and watch them for their beauty and grace. Mankind is not kind to animals as animals stand in the way of 'progress' which is actually regress. I hunt and fish but I eat what I kill and take no more than what I need. That's the way it is supposed to be.


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Eric ,man thsta is so true , No ? I did and do feel honored , I can't imagine anyone hurting that eagle I would give my own life that it might survive ! Thank you kind sir !


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Cris! my lovely High flying woman ! I cannot believe that video ! I am sickened by mankind ! It makes me want to do something !.........Thank you for your caring and sharing !.......Big Hug !


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Your enthusiasm in the comment to me above is awesome. I have never seen one free and envy you for that. I have seen some injured ones in zoos. They cannot fly and they are taken care of while educating the masses. They still are awesome and fierce looking.

I worked at a veterinarians that had some hawks brought in by the Fish and Game. They had been shot in the wing or hit by cars. We pinned the wings and got them ready to go to a rehab farm. It was awesome taking care of them.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Great tribute to these noble birds. Thank you for sharing this encounter along with the photo.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Great photo and wonderful tribute to such majestic birds. Enjoyed. Passing this on.


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

sigh...yes we humans tend to have a complete lack of appreciation for the majesty and beauty that surrounds us - or - that used to surround us??..

the situation's becoming desperate - there are so many on the brink of extinction or on the 'danger' list - and people would be shocked to know that a lot of them are ones they love and relate to and who's presence has been taken for granted forever..

a heartfelt write here, cowboy - i feel your pain..

up and sharingxx


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HLPhoenix 3 years ago

Wonderful poem... went straight to my heart.

"I hope that when mans reign is through

this eagle stands in perfect poise

And the only sounds that will be heard then

the wings and winded noise"

I hope so too. Voted way up and sharing.


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

HlPhoenix , thank you for sharing this with me !


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Thank you my dear Leslie ! Yes , mankind IS the enemy of nature , I am actually ashamed that "man" is actually at the front of mankind ! Maybe to be fair it should be written humankind!.......Be vigilant sweety!


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Thank you my friend ,Thank you !.......:-}


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Wayne , thanks . I felt guilty as a man standing there fifty feet from something more prehistoric than man !......:-}


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

It was so cool Becky ! Amazing ,magical !.....Ed


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Sarra , I agree one hundred percent !.....:-}


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Deborah , I was blessed to see it ! Thankyou dear !......Ed

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