Poetry

David Morley: The Teardrop Stoop

The Teardrop Stoop Teardrop (verb): To stoop downwards in a teardrop shape Stoop (verb): To tuck in the wings and dive headfirst from a height                         Terms of Falconry   I knew her first as a brancher, pin-feathered, gawky, mewing for tidbits, daughtered   to a haggard; she, strafed by hunger streaks. I cast the bird to cope her, cere to beak;   imped her of fret marks, fastened fresh coverts, as she sloughed, shook, side-stepped her blood feathers.   Intermewed, enseamed, she bobbed and bated on her block perch. Penned-hard, she bloomed,   bowsed and bathed in her mews.…

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