Mantling: When birds of prey hunch their shoulders and spread their wings over a kill to keep it hidden from other predators.
To a Hawk Mantling
It all comes down to this harrier hawk,
and a vision intense as the
smell of bleeding.
It comes to the rabbit under her wings,
a creature that moments ago
To spreading her robes of feather and bone
in a desperate attempt to hide
what she’s eating.
It comes to her hunger as primal as lust,
and to savagery that can
It all comes down to this female hawk,
and a great horned owl that watches
To a midnight moon that betrays the hawk,
and signals the owl to descend
for its feeding.
(After time spent at Sky Falconry in Alpine, CA.)