Gwalchmai

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I almost missed you.

I would have walked right by

but my daughter pointed you out

perched so close

Regal in someone’s front yard.

 

As we watched

you lifted your leg

and tucked it into your feathers

balancing just as well

on one leg

as on two.

 

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4 thoughts on “Gwalchmai

    Plough Monday said:
    February 2, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Digging around I find that Gwalchmai is “a village on Anglesey in north Wales,” and/or “a figure in Welsh Arthurian legend.” But I like Gwalchmai best as your leg-tucking chicken, the regal stuff of new poetry.

      nicoleaugust responded:
      February 2, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      Well, a little more regal than a chicken (although I do love chickens). Gwalchmai – the “Hawk of May” , symbol of air and the east (and other things) in the celtic tradition. In my specific case, a Cooper’s Hawk. Perched right at head hight. It was amazing to see him tuck his leg up – indeed just like a chicken ! I’ve seen one several times over the past few weeks, I thought perhaps he had something to say.

        BeeHappee said:
        February 3, 2016 at 6:41 am

        Thanks for clarifying on Gwalchmai, like Plough Monday I was seeing the village and Gawain, and Gwalchmei, traditional hero of Welsh legend, but could not connect it with hawks. 🙂 It must be cold where you are at and he is standing on one foot to conserve heat. We are seeing many of them around here too now that the trees are barren.

        nicoleaugust responded:
        February 3, 2016 at 5:17 pm

        Yes, we’re in southern Ontario so winters are chilly. Although, it has been an unusually mild winter this year. The Cooper’s hawks like to take advantage of the little bird buffets that are bird feeders ;).

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