Thursday, 26 January 2012


something caught my eye
hovering above rough tussocks
watching just waiting
flicking it's wings
head down ready.

hovering on high
over unkempt grassland
motionless, observing
riding the air
ready to dive.

captivating me
above disordered land
static, perceptive
fanning the tail
waiting to strike.

patiently waiting
high in the sky
drops through the air
catching its breath
the vole is no more.

kestrel leaves
mission accomplished.


eileeninmd said...

Good Morning Cuby, great poem! The kestrel are expert hunters. you have described their hunt perfectly. Have a great day!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Aaaaah. Wonderful description of one of nature's most lovely creatures. :)

the cuby poet said...

eileeninmd: Thank you for your compliment,so glad you liked this poem. :)

the cuby poet said...

Nancy@A Rural Journey: The kestrel is indeed beautiful so pleased you liked my poem. :)

KaHolly said...

You've captured the kestrel perfectly! It is the ABA Bird of the Year! Did you know that?

the cuby poet said...

KaHolly:What is ABA? I thought long and hard for the right word and am so pleased it works.

Ina in Alaska said...

Mission accomplished indeed!! Great verses, I could picture the bird on it's mission! xo

the cuby poet said...

Ina in Alaska: Thanks so much. :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I think you've got something going w/ the bird poetry!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Kestrels are gorgeous birds.. I've never seen one in person, but only in photos.

Great poem, Claire.


Chris Benjamin said...

you always remind me to get outside. too bad i'm always stuck at my computer when it happens ;-)

the cuby poet said...

Lisa@Two Bears Farm: Thanks for your positive comment.

the cuby poet said...

Betsy from Tennessee:Glad you enjoyed the poem perhaps it made up for never having seen one!:)

the cuby poet said...

Chris:Maybe the description of the kestrel made up for not being outside, I hope so.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Excellent, you've captured the essence of the kestrel hunting very well

the cuby poet said...

Crafty Green Poet: Thank you for this comment glad you liked this one.

CherryPie said...

You have captured very well the soul of a kestrel.

Doris said...

It is the succinctness and feeling of speed that make this poem so right. It is emotionless in its execution - the kestrel, not the poem. The poem is full of restrained emotion. Good one, Poet.

the cuby poet said...

Cherry Pie: Thank you for this appreciative comment.

the cuby poet said...

Doris:I do like your your breakdown of the comments on different elements in this poem, thank you so much. As a fellow kestrel lover glad you liked it.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Lovely, Cuby.

the cuby poet said...


Kathiesbirds said...

You have captured the essence of the kestrel! Well done!

the cuby poet said...

Kathiesbirds:Thank you so much.

Kelly said...'ve really captured the feel of a kestrel....I love this poem!!!

the cuby poet said...

Kelly:Thank you so much, so pleased you liked this one.