A poem about man and nature

Without really thinking about it I drove across a bridge
on the river today
just as I started across a flash of dark wings
across the windshield display

I braked and look aloft at the the dark form
its wingtips curved to below
and knew instantly I just missed
a bald eagle flying solo

It white head searching below the edge
of the waters
And I knew we had almost collided
that's what really matters

For one instant I saw the reflections within
its perfect eyes
Immediately I began to think of how man so
believes his own lies

" I almost hit a bald eagle" I thought
but it wouldn't have been my fault
Though "fault " really doesn't matter at all
it would have been the last result

And why or why not we ask
because all man's fault's lay bare to understand
the encounters between us
between nature and man

Nature means no harm to us and the eagle
shows that when he flies
But man and his intentions are full
of hypocrisy and lies

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RJ Schwartz 15 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

I enjoyed reading this but feel that its a stretch to equate a brief encounter with an encompassing statement about all of mankind. I do however respect your opinion to demonstrate it in this manner. Thanks for sharing!


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BlossomSB 15 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Interesting, and it reminds me of an encounter in my country with a wedge-tailed eagle. It's wing-span as it took off from the ground and came straight towards me was wider than the windscreen. Fortunately I, too, was able to brake and veer in time. Majestic birds, but we do need to be aware of the fact that take-off from the ground is a slow affair for them.


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ahorseback 15 months ago Author

RJ , My naturous encounters in a long life are many , and many more yet with the wrongs committed by man against nature ! I was not born yesterday nor were the transgressions of mankind against the best of nature . Thank you for reading !.....Ed


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ahorseback 15 months ago Author

Blossom , Hello , That's so right , this eagle was flying the edge of a river and passed low over the bridge as I crossed , there was no danger to him [her ] but it was fairly close . ......thanks for reading !


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

You didn't hit the eagle and you were glad, so many would have loved to mount him\she on their wall and brag about the catch of the day...


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ahorseback 15 months ago Author

Ruby , Finally we are at a point in America where the eagle is growing in population , Thanks for sharing this with me .


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Gypsy Rose Lee 14 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Nicely penned. I enjoyed the imagery of the eagle.


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ahorseback 14 months ago Author

Gypsy , He was so intent on his [her ]hunt I went by unnoticed !.....;-}


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Ericdierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I am not inclined to let myself off the hook for the damage I have caused unwittingly. Just by being us we inflict a scar. But I will not sit in guilt over it, rather I will make positive choices going forward. This chance encounter reminds me to be care full.


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ahorseback 14 months ago Author

There was no danger Eric , I would have driven off the bridge first ! LOL .


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Ericdierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Right On!!!

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