Sunday, January 18, 2009

Can you imagine?

Pileated Woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus

I see her visit often.
Yet, each time, my eyes follow.
As the broad black and white wings flash,
and fold neatly aside a tall tree.

And, I wonder, as I stop and stare,
years ago, what it must have been like.
To watch them without wonder,
knowing there would always be
ivory bills on broad flashing wings.

Can you imagine?


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13 comments:

egretsnest said...

I can imagine. And, hope. Wish. Dream.

mon@rch said...

that would be wonderful to see, yet alone photograph!

Kerri said...

The words....the picture.....awesome!

NCmountainwoman said...

I am so in awe of the Pileateds that I truly cannot imagine the Ivory Billed. Wouldn't that be a sight to behold?

MojoMan said...

Is anyone else humming a Joni Mitchell tune?

giggles said...

Oh you lucky (no, really talented) woman, you!!!! WOW... I am in awe....

Now.... I've tagged you for the 6 random things meme... I sure hope you'll play along.... I'm really admire everything about your blog and wanted to know more about you....

hitch writer said...

we can only hope we can bring back those times !!!

beautiful words !!

nina said...

I can only imagine what it must have felt like to see an Ivory-billed Woodpecker flash though an ancient wood.
And those who continue to hope, follow to this day.
But, would we look differently at all things if we knew it might be one of the last times we would see them? Because, the last is never known until gone.

Toni said...

Beautiful Nina. I can only imagine. I'm still hoping to see a Pileated Woodpecker someday.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

It is difficult to imagine so many PIWOs. Now I can imagine the Passenger Pigeons because of seeing so many Rock Doves gathering along wires and how they swoop into fields to feed then get up together to swirl around before they go someplace to roost. It would be great to see Passenger Pigeons again. Of course it willnever happen. That is so sad. I wonder how many generations will be able to see the Pileated Woodpecker. When will they be arguing about whether or not one was seen in the local woods...

scienceguy288 said...

Another pileated! These guys are huge. I am always surprised by the mass.

Kathiesbirds said...

I love the poetry of this post in thoughts, words, and picture. Oh, to resurrect an Ivory-billed again.

Mr. Hazen said...

I'm one of the lucky ones as well
having seen and heard

thanks