Ellen Hinsey

(1960 / Boston, Massachusetts)

Ellen Hinsey Poems

1. The Multitude 5/16/2015
2. Update on the Last Judgment 12/21/2016
3. Varieties Of Flight 1/20/2003
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Varieties Of Flight

There, in the air--traceless blue--arena of circuits
And saunters, some rise with difficulty

'While others lift buoyant, tack of tail turned
Westward--take wide air under their keel,

And sprint, shoot and sail up to where, in invisible
Gyres they revolve tropical or northern,

Spreading their full breadth to survey the scene,
Their prey hidden in land folded and patched;

Others, tail-sure tuck and dive, fall in a single tear,
Against a stony silhouette of hill; others

In wind jibe and yaw, storm-wise, head into
Air as prows take the jab...

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