Red-tailed hawk

A free verse poem

The red-tailed hawk perched on the limb, its talons vice grips, a lake of glass its backdrop. A bloodcurdling warning let out from the grey squirrel: Beware! The geese walking on water paid no mind.

Red-tailed hawk. Photo by Mark Olsen on Unsplash.

By Jeffrey Pillow

Jeffrey Pillow is an American short story writer, memoirist, and poet. He is the author of The Lady Next Door. His writing has been published in Urge Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, 16 Blocks, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, TheBody.com, New York Times, Washington Post, and Richmond Times-Dispatch.

He grew up in the small town of Phenix, Virginia, population: 200, and now lives in Charlottesville with his wife, two kids, and a dog named Mozzarella Cheese. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he was a Rainey Scholar. This is his blog.