Poetry Winners

Poetry Winners

Second Place Frigate Bird

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Second Place

Frigate Bird

Haleiwa’s name declares it

the hale of the ‘iwa, the house of the frigate bird.

Most days you can spy one of those big-winged, fork-tailed rascals

soaring over head

in flight no plane or kite could match,

cruising fast lanes of upper air,

soaring effortlessly for hours,

then, with a slight shrug of shoulder and tilt of tail,

accelerating a long, down-wind dive,

wings brandishing their swords

for a rapid descent

aimed at the head of a smaller bird,

startling it into spitting up its meal,

which the ‘iwa snatches mid-air.

Elegance of form is like that sometimes–

just a way to steal somebody’s lunch.