The Hawk Above

I sat in the little silver bleachers looking at the empty blue tennis courts.

For a summer day, I couldn’t ask for more.

The breeze is so cool on the back of my neck it sends a little shiver through me.  But the sun is bright enough I have to wear my sunglasses.

The playground is off somewhere behind me.  I can hear the creak of the chains of the swings.  And children’s noises.

I see a runner.  A girl.  With a red t-shirt and black leggings.

I see car after car coming in.  People meeting up to walk together.  To sit around the pond.

I marvel at the differences between people wearing the bare minimum, and others wearing hooded sweatshirts and long pants, with the sleeves of their hoodies pulled over their hands.

I ate my salad.


Happy.  That in the middle of what the world might see as an average day, I find enjoyment in the ordinary.  I feel the softness of the cool air and the warmth of the sun.  I see people and have no fear of them.  The clouds are so heavy and white, tinted by grey depth.

Then, I see a hawk flying above me.  And I am briefly jealous of his view and his flight.

Then, I refocus on my own view.

That hawk, doesn’t have the pleasure of watching himself soar.

Or the treasure of my moment.

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27 thoughts on “The Hawk Above

  1. ivors20 says:

    Love your drawing Colleen, as young one’s say today, cool, and I found your words “cool” and refreshing. Ivor.


  2. Beautiful Colleen, I would live to know the Hawks perspective!


  3. ksbeth says:

    i think it’s great to observe the little details and to enjoy the ordinary. so many people miss all of that.


  4. I felt like I was sitting there with you! So enjoyable!


  5. Oh Colleen, that is so insightful, beautiful, soul searching. And I find myself sitting right there next to you. (would be nice if you shared your salad. just a taste?)


  6. I see people and have no fear of them. – Awesome!
    That hawk, doesn’t have the pleasure of watching himself soar. – So beautiful! I just finished writing a poem on similar view.
    I simply love getting immersed in your creative thought process.


  7. Kathy says:

    You put this in such a enjoyable way. 🙂


  8. Lovely insight Colleen, but don’t look up at that hawk for too long, we all know what he’s thinking!


  9. Debra says:

    What a beautiful observation, Colleen. I felt like I was sitting there with you.


  10. Val Boyko says:

    What a wonderful middle ground moment Colleen. May every lunch break bring such contentment 💛


  11. “That hawk, doesn’t have the pleasure of watching himself soar.”–What a great perspective. Way to see the positive and not be jealous.


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