As many of you will know I am trying to finish this 26 poetry challenge I started during our Spanish lockdown experience. We are currently entering back into that phase here in the North of the UK and I still have three poems to go. However, we have managed to spend time with Jessica Rose, our new arrival and focus of my last post. All is going well.
This poem is forDverse poets open link night, always a source of inspiration and able to kick start me. http://www.dversepoets.com
This poem is about the very successful and world wide species of black kites. The drawing is by Ruth Konisgsberger and is part of the portrait of the character of the black kite in my novel. I will do a post on this as soon as I finish these poems! Black kites do visit the Sierra on their migration, some breed here. However, nowadays the red kites seem more common.
The Migrating Kites ( Milvus migrans or Milano negro in Spanish)
Our Milvana migrates from here,
Here to somewhere over there,
Over the deserts to Afri Ka.
All kinds of kites have flown
All around the world wide web,
Connected by genes from ancient
Almost Jurassic dinosaur times.
Archaeopteryx, the mother bird
First flew the world.
Black kites, by many other names
Live long lives of 20 years or so
With brains that may adapt
To many different climes.
Some flew over wide waters
To islands in the vast Atlantic
To the Azores.
Some flew to Gondawa
And learnt how
To use burning branches
To flush out scared prey.
Before wild fires spread so fast
To destroy whole forests,
In changing times
With wildlife crimes.
Others in the East
Fly around the temples
Of the many headed Gods
Brahmin souls in flight
Pariahs picking the bones
Of the dead.
Here in the Sierra
Not many black kites
Does anyone care
Wishing everyone a safe and purposeful time in such a difficult era.
For anyone wishing to sponsor the poems I will put up some new links for the charity Birdlife International who coordinate the conservation of birds across our human borders.