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Ode to My Bald Eagle

Updated on April 13, 2012

Foreward

This was a Bald Eagle that I worked with and knew personally. His condition was not improving, he was lethargic, unhappy, and very sick. The vet that put him down knew that I wanted to be with him when he was put down. It was a very emotional experience for me, and as I write this I recall it as if it was yesterday. Even now, my eyes are filled with tears...



The Poem as follows

When I saw you for the last time tonight,

I knew that you were there to help save me from all this.

Finally, it was the end of this nonsensical fight.

My life was already at an end prior to this.

When you covered me, I didn't try to get away,

I was just too tired and too sick.

It should have been before today,

Every sun over the horizon saw me sick.

There's nothing left in my veins

Stop prodding and poking

All I feel is searing pain

Each time you are poking.

The gas is truly the sweetest taste

And as you cradle me in your arms,

I finally feel safe

In the warmth of your gentle arms.

I see my mate and we fly together anon

Just like we used to do by the sweet smell of destiny,

Once again I taste pleasure and the pain is gone.

Now this calming effect is truly my destiny.

The ache that you now feel inside

Is what I felt for many days and nights.

Now let me be your other worldly guide

Where I only flew when you turned down your human lights.

My broken heart ceases and my breathing stops

And everything is cold and dark.

What is left of my blood pressure drops,

But my feet are there on pine bark.

The touch of your arms fade from my wild breast,

And I have returned to my high haunts and soar

Over mine olde craggy crest

Where I will remain forever more.

Thanks to thine love for me in the final hour.


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      Rizwana Yasmin 3 years ago from Lahore

      very nice

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Wayne. I really miss doing rehab work.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for these wonderful words, and thank you for being a loving soul to this beautiful creature. The world needs more people like you.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You know, Lela, I do so miss volunteering at a bird rescue. I wish there was something around here.

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      CreatePerfection 4 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

      We have bald eagles all winter in the open space behind where I live and their beauty and majesty is stunning to watch. I saw one sitting on a small frozen lake when I was out walking and he soon took flight and circled endlessly overhead. What beauty in your writing. Thank you.

      Blessings,

      Lela

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I have an affinity with animals, Linda, which is why I think that I'm able to get such one-of-a-kind photos of them.

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Oh how sad and beautiful at the same time. The Eagle chose you Deb, knowing you would help ease it's journey. What a gift you both were to each other. Nothing is more spiritual or regal than a bald eagle, in my opinion. In Native American culture the Eagle is considered to carry prayers to God's ears as it is thought to fly higher than any other and closer to God's ears. There comes a time, even in nature, when quality of life outweighs the value of quantity. Your love and kindness when the Eagle was put down were a pure gift of love. I can only imagine how hard it was for you. But, you have written a beautiful tribute full of love and logic.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Billy, you are so right. But for those of us that relish in the lives of nature, it is such a great thing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There is sadness for sure, but also regal majesty in your tribute to an incredible bird. Man will forever be the ultimate predator and that is the crime of it all.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, pringoooals. Nature is one of the most important things to me, especially its protection.

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      Karina 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      The one can really share your passion and love to the nature through your words. It's really beautiful. Voted up!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, unknown spy, while I was holding the bird, I had tears in my eyes then, so I had to recreate my feelings.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      beautifully written...will make tears visit your eyes.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thank you, Nick. Yes, nature is a very strong passion of mine.

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      nick071438 5 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      This ode mirrors your love for nature. So deep so sincere is your commitment. Laurels and wishing you joy and success in this endeavor.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Holding that eagle gave me the emotion to be able to successfully convey what I felt in order to write this ode.

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      Kebennett1 5 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

      Tearfully beautiful! The Eagle was fortunate to have found you. Sweet death is all we have left sometimes!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, thelyricwriter. As you no doubt know, birds are my life, and have been for quite some time.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up and all across buy funny. WOW! Avi, heartfelt poem. Your heart was in this poem as you can clearly feel the emotion in every word you wrote. Sorry my friend for you loss. Im sorry, I am speechless. Brilliant and heartfelt.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The sad thing is, that animals are always put last. That's why so many are endangered.

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Such a sad poem. I am at a loss for words.

      What a shame we can't get all the fishing lead out of these environments.

      It has been banned in the UK for years now.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Joyce, he was a beautiful bird, and likely died due to lead poisoning in shot that he ate in a fish or something else.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Wow! You really know how to get to our heart strings, sniff, sniff.

      I'm sure your Bald Eagle is looking over daily.

      Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Things happen in nature that we despise, but we are also there in the right places to see some pretty rare things from time to time. I for one count my lucky stars in that respect. Thanks for sharing about your childhood and the wonderful compliment.

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      girltalksshop 5 years ago

      I wanted to cry with the eagle, as you wrote your story through poetry of its last days. So very sad, yet beautifully written by someone who obviously truly cared for this majestic creature of the wild, air and our world. Voted up!! When I was a girl living with my family in LA...I found a baby bird who had fallen out of its nest. I carried it home to my Mom and asked her to fix it...it died of course with a broken neck, but I have never forgotten it. This brought it all back for me.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, it is, and I wish the government would encourage people to get rid of that crap, maybe offer them a tax credit with proof of proper disposal. Lead shot has been discussed for years as a problem that greatly affects our wildlife.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      This is a sad and beautiful poem. I just met the man who started the Raptor Project that runs the Decorah Eagle Cam, if you've heard of that or seen it on the Internet. He spoke about the dangers of lead shot to eagles and how they die such terrible, painful deaths from lead poisoning. So sad.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Tom, you are right! Thanks for the uplifting words on such a serious note for me.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      It is so sad when you see a beautiful bird like this pass away,but your poem has displayed with it's beautiful words how you feel about life and all nature that lives in it,God bless you,you are truly nature's friend .

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Sharon Christy 5 years ago from India

      Great to know you are all right!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Pamela. In case you heard about it, the tornadoes bypassed my area, so all is okay

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thank you, sharonshristy. Yes, I adore nature and those that do, also, for we are one. There were tornadoes here in Oklahoma this morning, but where I live is all right.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      This is a wonderful piece of heartfeltness you have shared with us. I found it especially poignant and exciting to read, line by line, because I'd written a half of such a poem on an evening years ago after I had had the privilege of holding a dying feral cat, a particular dear one I loved, in my arms. He had been hit by a speeding car a moment before I got there. You've captured many sentiments in this poem which -- in my sorrow and awe those years ago -- I couldn't sort out -- but felt -- during those moments. I put the poem away because there was so much I couldn't articulate. His open eyes said so much even in death.

      You have managed to articulate so many thoughts and feelings. Really, really liked this. Thank you for sharing it. I'm pressing up, awesome and Share.

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      Sharon Christy 5 years ago from India

      Terribly beautiful. You have a great passion for nature. You are right, death is liberty for those who suffer. God bless you!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Gamby. It's so weird, this happened in 2006 and it still feels like it did then.

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      gamby79 5 years ago

      So sincerely heartfelt. Great piece. So Sorry Deb...Truly touching..brought tears to my eyes just reading about it.