THREE GOLDEN EAGLES
FIRST GOLDEN EAGLE
Like DDT for golden eagles is the venom
that cracks the shells of eggheads incubating thoughts
they’ve patched together like a pair of pants of denim,
declaring that they think it’s time that you abort.
SECOND GOLDEN EAGLE
A golden eagle love to live near where it hatches,
but as our thoughts soar higher than these birds
we float not on a magic carpet but on patches
transporting us to nests we build with hollow words.
THIRD GOLDEN EAGLE
Remaining faithful to one’s spouse for all one’s life
is typical for golden eagles, which is strange,
because a man who thinks he’s tired of his wife
will often flap his wings and try to make a change.
Jane E. Brody writes that golden eagles have returned to the Lower 48 (“At Last, Eagles Regain a Perch in the Lower 48,” NYT, April 3, 2001). She writes that young eagles typically set up housekeeping within 100 miles of their birthplace and remain faithful to those nesting sites and to their mates to the end of their reproductive years.