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The Heron by Linda Hogan

The Herons Flight

A Heron in flight, Galway bay, Ireland
Photography : Nigel Borrington

The Heron

by Linda Hogan

I am always watching
the single heron at its place
alone at water, its open eye,
one leg lifted
or wading without seeming to move.

The Herons Flight 3.

It is a mystery seen
but never touched
until this morning
when I lift it from its side
where it lays breathing.
I know the beak that could attack,
that unwavering golden eye
seeing me, my own saying I am harmless,
but if I had that eye, nothing would be safe.
The claws hold tight my hand,
its dun-brown feathers, and the gray
so perfectly laid down.

The Herons Flight 2.

The bird is more beautiful
than my hand, skin more graceful
than my foot, my own dark eye
so much more vulnerable,
the heart beating quickly,
its own language speaking,
You could kill me or help me.
I know you and I have no choice
but to give myself up
and in whatever supremacy of this moment,
hold your human hand
with my bent claws.

The Herons Flight 1.

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12 responses

  1. Fantastic capture Nigel. The first photo is superb! πŸ™‚

    March 4, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    • Hello Norma πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , I just love these birds .

      We have a lots of them, very locally and its a pleasure to see them πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 4, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      • You have lots of great things in Ireland πŸ™‚

        March 4, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    • Thank you Norma , yes we do!! and its great to capture as much as I can πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 4, 2014 at 2:59 pm

  2. Oh so graceful

    March 4, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    • Hello Diana πŸ™‚

      Thank you, Spring/Summer soon and they will be out again on all the rivers , nesting and fishing .

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 4, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    • Hello Diana πŸ™‚

      Thank you, yes they are πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 5, 2014 at 5:29 pm

  3. Magnificent creatures…

    March 4, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    • Hello Rebecca πŸ™‚

      Yes I love these birds a lot , just to watch them fish and hunt is amazing πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 5, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      • I often wonder if we are the most advanced creatures to walk this world…. πŸ™‚

        March 6, 2014 at 6:17 am

  4. Beautiful post Nigel, stunning images as always! : )))

    March 5, 2014 at 3:58 am

    • Hello Anne πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , Very welcome and wonderful comment !!!

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 5, 2014 at 5:27 pm

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