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Air Race
Ruth Gooley

A shriek, a shot,
and the raptor above me
splits off! I stand,
spy on the spins, the rounds
as he cruises through the pinnacles
of the Bunker Hill Towers.
Silence then, empty sky.
My breath jumps, my eyes.
I curve after, speed
around the Civic Center,
recover sight of my prey
braking atop a signpost
on the northbound 110 Freeway.
I speed to the overpass,
call a pit stop, a respite
to detail the fineness
of my downtown find,
snow-bright chassis,
food-hardy spoiler of a beak,
overhang of a rust-red tail.
I grab my camera, point,
click. He screeches off,
careens into a hairpin
I jumpstart,
lose him in the highrises,
find myself back to start,
by the bird’s
slick slideways handling.
Still, there is the photo.
I zoom in on the finished
shine of feathers,
the perfect black eye,
wave the pennant
high for both winners
in the hawk to human race.
   © by Ruth Gooley.
   Used with the author’s permission.

Ruth Gooley, a native of Venice, California, published her dissertation, "The Image of the Kiss in French Renaissance Poetry," and has published poems in many journals. She has taught French and ESL, but currently works in a library. Ruth loves to hike and walk on the beach, and she lives with her husband of 23 years, six lovebirds, and six canaries.

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Wonderful, loved the pace in this Ruth, great imagery also. So visual. Maire x
Posted 01/08/2012 04:54 AM
What a ride! What a chase! A poem filled with various speeds.
Posted 01/07/2012 11:38 AM
Amazing! Great word work and powerful imagery!!! I love this poem!
Posted 01/07/2012 07:40 AM

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