The Crowd was Wow’d
(A Pantoum Sonnet)
A flash of furtive feather flaps ensued,
Those gathered gasped as nurtured bird arose,
The crowd was wow’d as broken health renewed,
Anticipating paths this eagle chose.
Those gathered gasped as nurtured bird arose.
When sudden burst of energy let loose.
Anticipating paths this eagle chose,
They picked their spot the best they could deduce.
He lofted injured raptor to the air.
As freedom was released from deep despair
I attended a Raptor release. The Raptor Center of Minnesota takes in injured birds, heals them, and releases them again, once they have recovered. They do releases about twice a year. This one was held along the St. Croix River bluffs near Hastings, Minnesota. A very large group gathered along the hillside where it took place. As you can imagine, there were lots of media and photographers in the crowd. Everyone jockeyed to find the best spot to observe, and hoped the bird would fly over them.
This poem is a Pantoum Sonnet.
A Pantoum Sonnet combines the characteristics of the two formats. A Pantoum is a repeating poem whose second and fourth lines become the first and third lines of the next stanza. The Sonnet is a 14 line poem with 12 lines of abab rhyming and two closing rhymed lines. It can be formed in the contemporary manner of three Quatrains with closing couplet, of the traditional way of 14 lines together (as done here). In either case, the rhyme scheme for this Pantoum Sonnet is:
A1/B1/A2/B2/ B1/C1/B2/C2/ C1/D1/C2/D2/ A2/A1
This photograph was taken by the author on September 27, 2014 with his Sony Alpha camera on high speed setting.