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.