Monday, November 27, 2006

A moment in time

I stumbled my way down the stairs in the dark (I've complained to the council innumerable times) and out the door. A bird landed within a foot of me. The proximity surprised me. She looked at me. I looked at her. I was eyeball to eyeball with a sparrowhawk.

Time almost stopped as she sat on the kerb and I stood rooted to the spot. She was so close and so composed. I thought I was going to burst with amazement. I moved thinking she would fly away. She didn't. I left looking over my shoulder wondering if I was hallucinating. It made my day.


Anonymous said...

How very poetic: 'It looked a picture of the way to live' very love-at-first-sight ;-)

Anonymous said...

Amazing! One of those moments it is impossible to predict or plan. That's one cool sparrowhawk.

pat said...

first time i was in new york a similiar thing happened to me.
only it was a sewer rat and i nearly burst with fear. the rat just looked at me as if to say "come on if you think you are hard enough".