just now
moved through my heart
like the thinnest of blades
as that red-tail pumped
once with its great wings
and flew above the gray, cracked
rock wall.
It wasn’t
about the bird, it was
something about the way
stone stays
mute and put, whatever
goes flashing by.
when I sit like this, quiet,
all the dreams of my blood
and all outrageous divisions of time
seem ready to leave,
to slide out of me.
Then, I imagine, I would never move.
By now
the hawk has flown five miles
at least,
dazzling whoever else has happened
to look up.
I was dazzled. But that
wasn’t the knife.
It was the sheer, dense wall
of blind stone
without a pinch of hope
or a single unfulfilled desire
sponging up and reflecting,
so brilliantly,
as it has for centuries,
the sun’s fire.

~Mary Oliver

Reference image of a red tailed hawk, taken by the amazing Mr. Rodney Campbell, found at Paint My Photo at this link:

41 thoughts on “Knife

  1. Wow! Powerful words and art combined today, Laura. I love it. And the hawk – those eyes! You are so gifted in doing eyes to just draw me in. The intensity of those eyes held me breathless for a moment or two. I don’t recall how I first found you, but I remember the first post of yours I saw – it was R is for Racoon – and I’ve been hooked since :). Happy 4/15! Are you doing the dance?!

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    1. Thanks so much! I’ll be doing lots more realism, wildlife and portraits specifically, now that crazy time is winding down. Totally dancing, yes!! I remember you commenting on my raven way back in January. It seems like a lifetime ago! I love the raccoon; he’s one of my favorites.

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  2. WOWZA Laura! You nailed another awesome bird drawing! Your hawk is skillfully done and pairs well with the poem. You are a natural at birds! 😊😊😊 And happy the 15th has arrived so you can relax a bit. 🎨🌈❤️

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