Monday, July 13, 2015

The Hawk's Human

"Turning and turning in the widening gyre, 
 The falcone cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world... "
W. B. Yeats

Looking down
From far above
Above the castle
There were eyes
And wings
The grounds
Nothing went on
Without notice

The falconer's arm
The call
The garb
Were used
In unison
With the partner
Two species
But was species
Being trained
The falcon
Or the falconer?

"Itque palam est, quod ars venadi cum avibuw & ars est, 
& eceteris venationibus nobiliar, & dignior, & ideo prior."

Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, Holy Roman Emperor, 
De Arte Venadi Cum Avibus (The Art of Falconry) - 1248

"Et tout anisi qu’on ne scaroit lire sans congiostre les lettres; 
de mesme on ne peut estre Fauconnier san cognoistre les 
Oyseaux ce qui est le principe de cest art."
Charles d’Arcussia, La Fauconnerie, 1589