The Eagle Sees the World

Leslie White

The eagle sees the world
quite differently from the ant

The view from above things
must be exhilaratingly grand

The view from below things
certainly seems unbearably dull

The aphid feeds upon the rose
Does it catch the rose’s scent?

And the fox upon the hare
Is she seasoned with rosemary?

The trout pursues the worm
then the fisherman the trout

At the table does the fisherman
taste the composting of the earth?

We who are the masters of all
are we also among the mastered?

We look upon the marketplace
and manipulate the price of bread

Are there those in the heavens
who see & manipulate the tides?

All things in the end are relative
My center is your circumference !

Still to be the eagle soaring high
Not the ant carrying his crumb

To be Ariel surfing the cosmic light
Not Sisyphus pushing a stone in hell


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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One Response to The Eagle Sees the World

  1. it’s all a matter of perspective

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