Richness of Life

I’ve always been one of those people that looks up. I just naturally look at the sky. I marvel at the clouds and the palate of colors swirling above me. This is not always a good thing, especially when I’m driving. But recently, I noticed something majestic, hidden in plain sight.

At one particularly busy intersection on my daily trek to work, my eyes did their usual scan of the sky and there perched high above me on a cell tower were two bald eagles. Their nest was settled gingerly among the criss-crossed metal bars, while their talons clung tightly to the frame as they surveyed the world around them.

Stopped at the traffic light, I glanced up and said hello. With exhaust fumes and an occasional honking car, I was surrounded with the loud and rhythmic sounds of the road. Gradually, I became aware of the earth as it was just starting its daily turn and the sun began to show its face. The light angled across the sky in brilliant hues of pink, blue, and yellow. The eagles had the best view; they were part of this miracle of light. They bathed in it. The two of them sat side by side, like soulmates in an ocean of air.

Where down below, many drivers were focused on lights, turns, radios, and cell phones. They were missing the moment and I envied these majestic birds enveloped in their solitude. Sometimes perhaps we just need to pause and look around. There is a richness of life all around us if we take a moment to see things hidden in plain sight.





Amy enjoys using poetic language to capture the essence of the ordinary. Her work has been published in Word-Dancers: The Poets of Southwest Florida and Florida Weekly.

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