Hawk Medicine

Get to know your wings
and how they work.
Let your feathers fan out
well beyond the half-moon
of your sleeping body,
expanding
across the unhurried breath
of every living thing.
This is your true measure and sweep.

Now note this magic:
Sun warms earth,
earth warms air,
air rises up
with you upon it.
The updraft is always there for you.
Catch it, winged one.

On that invisible spiral,
chances come around
again and again
and again
and again.
You have not fallen short
or gone astray.
Only ride the warm air up.
I will lend you my eyes
that you may see
all that lies
within your reach.