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Out of the peace of this morning—
soft light through pines,
breath of gardenia,
hymn of a mourning dove—
there came the wide wings
of a hawk;
which in the instant of silent strike
and scattered ground,
with seamless heft,
small wings, the emptied breath,
lighter than air.
Lighter than a hundred thousand
Patricia Belote’s poems appear in The Main Street Rag, The Healing Muse, Saw Palm: Florida Literature & Art, Constellations Journal of Poetry and Fiction, Cumberland River Review, The Almagre Review, and others. (Previously, in the “Future of Water” issue of About Place Journal). She is the author of the poetry chapbook Traveling Light (Finishing Line Press). Patricia lives along the Gulf Coast of Northwest Florida where she plays fiddle and clawhammer banjo.