The Bird King (Great Philippine Eagle)

Under altostratus clouds
faded blue sky,
a predator swirls, drifts about,
blue gray eye searches for prey,
noises loud, high pitched call, warns
monkeys down below, exudes fear,
screams, swings from tree to tree
away from marauding stare,
so swift, lightning speed, swoops,
in minute hard earned prize

Colugo, civets, snakes, lizards
are its other favorites gourmet
shaggy crest on crown, haughty,
adorned with long brown feathers,
resembles mythical gryphon,
dark face, creamy brown nape,
posterior dark brown, underside,
underwings, white, legs heavy,
yellow, powerful large dark claws,
huge deep bill, high arched bluish gray

Wingspan a couple meters, world’s largest
that ever live on earth today,
a dominant hunter in virgin forest,
specie’s flight fast and agile
echos smaller birds of chase,
a national emblem, national pride
Pearl of the Orient yet
vanishing Haribon refuses to die,
choosing endless escape
down Pacific blue horizon

by Noel Horlanda

Comments (8)

It's so good to read this while eating NOVA MULTIGRAIN SNACK...... anyway, i think this one is one of your best poems!
Wingspan a couple meters, world’s largest that ever live on earth today, a dominant hunter in virgin forest, specie’s flight fast and agile echos smaller birds of chase, a national emblem, national pride Pearl of the Orient yet............national emblem is matter of great pride to the perople of that nation. any sacrifice whioch is to bemade is tothe cause of national importance....... i loved the theme....10 read mine motherland....
a good description on the eagle, which in this poem serves as a symbol of swiftness, might, terror and pride. a thrilling way of writing it with imagery.
enjoed it a lot.. thnks for sharing; D nice poem: D
What a way to describe the Bird King beautiful imagery. I can see it flying I hope that this bird remains forever so our coming generations dont have to see it in books only 10+
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