Just behind my left shoulder,
His disdainful look ever with me.
I asked him once what I could do to make his job easier
And he declared quite vehemently, “open your eyes.”
Hawks see everything below them
Soaring as they do on high
Their keen eyes missing nothing
In their search for predator and prey.
Solitary creatures by nature
Territorial, sharing only with owl,
Hunting by day as owl seeks at night
Allowing no other intrusion.
Soaring majestically in your realm
You have chosen to enter mine,
Offering clear vision for what I miss
In my narrowly focused world.
It is like having an added sense,
A keen knowing beforehand,
Of what is coming
Before my poor eyes can see.
Let me take up my drum
And climb upon your back.
We’ll visit new realms on wings together
seeing with wonder the land below.
Treasured friend, bonded brother
You offer this gift of sight
You are steadfast and loyal
As you for me watch day after day.
Brother in spirit, may I be worthy
Of your loyalty and love,
For your gift of vision and clear seeing
I honor you and trust you always.