Ezekiel… a Poem

by Eileen
Provided by Linda DeStefano
Translated into Spanish by Rob English

Warm, sultry summer day
Sitting pensively in my old back yard
Thinking how my life has traveled through many changes
Good, bad, amazing, Melba toast
Always grateful that I have ridden the waves
And kept my head above the rising tides.

Lost in thought, I felt a presence…
A winged presence in the sky
Looking across the field, soaring towards me
His flight was headed towards songs I softly sang.

Coincidence or gift of the divine
A beautiful creature floating to me, as if deliberate
Ezekiel was the name I gave him….
Ezekiel was his name.

I sang to him as he swirled around my head
Music, melody, he seemed to absorb the sound
This became my amazing communication with a raptor.

Most people do not understand
Only those who saw it happen
This has happened twice, this event of mystery and joy.

I sang to him, to the open field
He came to me, soared to me once again
This time, swirling around my head seven times while I sang my song of love for nature to him.

I held my arms to the sky, myself swirling, singing
As he danced with me…..

How this happened,
This unusual bond of creature and human
From a world beyond, I do not know.

I call Ezekiel with my song
He will return again
People ask if I fear that he will hurt me as he flies close to me
I answer… I am more afraid of you…

Linda DeStefano is President of People for Animal Rights. For more information about animal rights or to connect with Linda, contact People for Animal Rights, P.O. Box 15358, Syracuse, NY 13215-0358, (315) 488-PURR (7877) between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., people4animalrightscny@gmail.com or peopleforanimalrightsofcny.org.

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