A Cooper’s Hawk in the Wild Kingdom

coopers“But the hawk and the porcupine shall possess it, the owl and the raven shall dwell in it. He shall stretch the line of confusion over it, and the plummet of chaos over its nobles. They shall name it No Kingdom There, and all its princes shall be nothing.”–Isaiah 34:11-12

This evening we sat on the back porch that faces the alley and watched a Cooper’s hawk disembowel a hefty urban rat while perched on the roof of a neighbor’s rowhouse. It was quite magnificent, even if gory. The hawk’s feathers were backlit by the setting sun. The doves, starlings, and sparrows were all remarkably quiet while this raptor controlled the high ground of the alley.

According to Isaiah, one of the signs of the end of empire is when the kingdom is possessed by the hawk.

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