From his gloved hand,

the falconer tries to train the goshawk.

This fierce raptor’s pale-eyed view of death

is graceful control and surrender. This duality

of taming the fierce and feral parts

of the bird, ourselves and the world.

 

British goshawk by Archibald Thorburn, 1915 (public domain)

 

Inspired by reading H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald – a book about much more than training a goshawk.

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