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I soar.

High above I scan below, drifting swiftly on currents acridly scented. It is hard to hunt when the breeze brings not prey, but choking smoke. Plumes rise from tubes, great clouds that are not clouds and to be avoided.

Winging around, I face the cross breeze, hoping to spot movement in the brown below. Everything is brown, and sometimes gray. The water, the sky, the concrete, and the forest.

I fought yesterday. I fight every day. One of my kind had found good prey. I was hungry. I battled for it. I lost.

I fought today. I fought to find a tree not within another’s territory. I fought to find a tree near prey. I fought to find a place to roost, to seek a mate, and to thrive.

Great machines crawl across the land, tearing down trees, creating more acrid smells, bringing more gray and brown. The prey runs. Sometimes the prey dies. I eat. A tree not too near the machines, but close, too; for prey, for survival.

I seek.

I soar until I grow weary. Perching, head under wing, I sleep.

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  1. Avatar DjDashy (LoA)

    This was so vivid. I found myself living through the eyes of this beautiful bird. The words constructed such a clear detailed scene in my mind that I could feel the wind flowing through my hair.

    Until I realized I had left my ceiling fan on… :P

    This was really a great piece! I absolutely enjoyed it Elsha.

  2. Avatar m0ri

    Ah, I love the message of this.

  3. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    That was very sad. I wound up imagining the bird as a bit of a ronin, just how I saw it, I suppose. Nicely told and very evocative.

  4. Avatar Cariad Ceffyl

    Lovely and sad