The woman had the strength of hawk, thick clay from the river bank in her feet. Her arms reached to the sky, powerful and purposeful, stretching out like wings while her heart flew high above hovered for a moment felt the possibility of all that stirred below then returned to her body enlivened by light and wind’s gift of air. She traveled this way often to sense what could not be seen from earth: the wisdom of the wide-eyed view beyond her mind’s room of limits and limitations. Strengthened by the richness of the river’s smooth clay, her feet began to transform into talons with the power to sustain her, for she knew that storms would come strip trees bare no place for her to land gain perspective on prey— so she befriended the meadows, the marshes, the ponds, the sea. Her heart dreamt of focused flights catching cod and carp snatching shad and salmon clenched claws giving way to bitter death sweet survival. She looked up, saw the hairs on her arms lengthening sprouting wasps of thin feathers that linked together forming oblong pins, streamlined for flight. She was readying for her evolution, beyond earth’s gravity, discover a path through boundless sky, what only her heart had seen and felt. The vast and restless wind above was calling her to a time when women soared as eagles sang out in open air found their place among trees along rivers, above meadows, a time for her to nurture her fast beating heart that knew all along she was meant to fly. Roxanne Bogart Roxanne E. Bogart is a wildlife biologist and writer, whose poems have appeared in The Tiny Seed Literary Journal, The Burlington Poetry Journal, The Silkworm, and Poetry Quarterly. Her first full-length book of poetry is entitled All That Sustains, published by Off the Common Books. She is a member of the International League of Conservation Writers, the Academy of American Poets, Straw Dog Writers Guild, and the Florence Poets Society, and lives in Amherst, MA with her family. Visit Roxannebogart.com to order her book.