Heavy on the wing, the  albatross approaches the rock

She soars ridges and slopes in the air
sees its fluid shape in in her pale yellow eye
dances on winds, a long haul tourist

She needs the lift of the air to live
maybe she brings the wind with her
to this vertical face of dead mosses and nests

Now at the rock, she dances on once more
this time to a lover, long unseen
looks forward, after so many years on the wing

to the earthbound pleasures of children
and a future

Copyright © 2021 Kim Whysall-Hammond

My Cheese seller challenged me to write a poem with his title…….

22 thoughts on “Heavy on the wing, the  albatross approaches the rock

  1. Such an excellent description of these beautiful birds. We have an albatross colony here on a quiet peninsula near the city of Dunedin. Department of Conservation monitor it, and have set up an observation station some distance from the birds. Cameras allow observation of some of the nests from a distance, and you can watch the young take off to sea when they are fully fledged – fascinating !!

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