Watching Golden Eagles from Doris Mountain

The Swan Crest from atop Doris Mountain. (Bob Muth photo and poem).

On October 11, some of the Over the HIll Gang hiked up Doris Mountain in the Northern Swans. Several golden eagles soared on high thermals as they ate lunch on the summit, inspiring this poem by Bob Muth:

 

WATCHING MIGRATING GOLDEN EAGLES FROM THE SUMMIT OF DORIS MOUNTAIN
(AN EAGLE PRAYER)

A bird flies in the sky, and no matter how far it flies
there is no end to the air.
--Zen Master Dogen, Moon in a Teardrop

Sheer stealth.  
Sublime strength.
Rapture of sky
And summit.
Sacred sojourner
Of sun-tossed trails.
Mountain master
Of terrible talons
And towering thermals.

Oh, Horus,
     Oh, Ba,
          Oh, Thunderbird...

Thou feathered frontier
Of our vast fall
And forgetfulness,
    
     Bless the Breath
          Of our separate
                And same
                     Belonging.

         --Bob Muth  October 14, 2012


*In ancient Egypt, Horus the falcon was god of the sky, goddesses were represented by a bird known as Ba that frequented tombs. On this continent, some native people believed Thunderbird created the world.


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