The Warbird (For February 2, 2015)

The gannet launches from the surface and unfurls his wings with a crack

scatters bullets of sea water upon unseen diagonal targets below

Instantly vanishes into vapor then, a thunderbird drifts past,

wings extended, more the centurion bird of a national flag

Spears in his talons and entrails in his gullet

the winnowing eagle is naked under his feathers