Illustrator: Cathy

Illustrator: Cathy Zhang

The gorgeous red-winged eagle

Soared high above the massive world,

Exploring, searching,

Looking for anything edible

In a heartless forest.


It landed on the highest perch

Of an old hardwood tree,

Its bead-like eyes narrowed

As it sought its next prey.


It focused in on a tiny squirrel,

An inconsequential being

Amidst a substantial existence,

Nearly invisible in the expansive forest.


The intimidating eagle spread its great wings,

And with one mighty swoop,

Caught the squirrel in its sharp cutting beak.


The triumphant bird returned to its home,

Pride swelling in its heart

As it dropped the food

In front of her tiny child.


Even eagles have soft spots.