Fledgling Flight
Author: Capricorn


Teetering on our nest edge,
cautious wings beat until
a sudden gust lifts him, to sail
across the valley, almost
tumbling onto a hillock.

In practice flight he sways and turns,
attains great heights, yet
beneath my eagletís dare-devil plumes,
a nestling lingers, in awe
of the rocky ground below.

We clash in turbulent bouts,
air speed arrested amidst the squall.
Then perched at a distance, we brood
-- feathers ruffled by the gale.

His ease in solo flying bruises
my maternal bones.
Soon, heíll surge further
... alone,
to search for a craggy ledge,
gather twigs for his own eyrie.

My lithe eagle glides
circling beneath stratus.
Breast puffed, I gaze
at this masterful display,
until he merges
with the hazy skyline.

------- Author's Notes -------

This is a rewrite of an old poem about my son leaving home.


Comments on this poem/writing:

Dino ( -- Monday, November 28 2011, 07:14 am

Nicely done.

Brings back my memory of leaving the nest. My solo flight to Europe and Far East and made my own nest on a craggy ledge next to a coconut tree. Enjoyed your poem Cap!
Capricorn ( -- Tuesday, November 29 2011, 09:49 pm

Thanks Dino

Sounds like you've done quite a bit of travelling when you weer younger. A craggy ledge next to a coconut tree - sounds kinda nice!
Barb ( -- Wednesday, December 7 2011, 01:38 am


You do have a way with discriptive wording.
Capricorn ( -- Wednesday, December 7 2011, 01:03 pm

Hi Barb!

Thanks - I do my best! LOL!
barb ( -- Friday, December 23 2011, 03:58 pm

Awish for you

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year Cap and family.
Capricorn ( -- Saturday, December 24 2011, 09:03 pm

Thanks Barb!

Happy Xmas & New Year to You & your family too!
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