Saturday, September 19, 2009


EKF and I went to Chapman Elementary School here in Portland to see the swifts roost in the chimney. There were millions of them, trying to make a slow tornado into the chimney, but there was this hawk that was trying to steal the show. It kept sitting on the mouth of the chimney and disrupting the swifts' patterns. Then the swifts started dive-bombing the hawk, hurting its wings, and chasing it away, but the hawk kept coming back for more, picking off swifts and killing them. I feel like everyone was mad last week. 

1 comment:

Eli Hemistich said...

Think of the hawk as Wallace Stevens, and the swifts as neutrinos. It all makes a certain elegant sense then.