Talons Flexed

Talons Flexed

A Poem by The Warrior Poet

I wrote this in 1990, during Desert Storm. For about 2 months we were at G-1 which means that every day we were expecting to move north (ground assault)



The eagle alights through the windswept sand

with a scream that pierces the air.

He flexes his talons proudly

glinting eyes and unblinking stare.

Somewhere in the desert sand, the rodents hide, shivering,

consumed by a mind-numbing fear.

The hungry eagle preens his feathers and waits

knowing feeding time draws near.



David Carmichael


© 2010 The Warrior Poet

Author's Note

The Warrior Poet
Please forgive the greeting card simplicity of this. There's nothing else I can do with it.

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there's nothing simple about this well drawn poetic that moves beyond the image so beautifully painted into deeper matters~ I like the subtle hues that hover just beneath the vivid painting of it waiting for discovery~

Posted 10 Years Ago

You did an excellent job portraying the majesty of the eagle.

Posted 10 Years Ago

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Added on November 24, 2010
Last Updated on November 24, 2010
Tags: war, military, desert storm


The Warrior Poet
The Warrior Poet


I am a combat veteran paratrooper and I've been writing since 1984. I was chosen by my English teacher as good candidate for Creative Writing and had to get a waiver to get into the class because my .. more..