Ode To A Cooper’s Hawk

was to be the cover painting for "Pitcher of Moon" but didn't work out.

was to be the cover painting for “Pitcher of Moon” but didn’t work out.


Did anyone see the new program “Cosmos” last night?  Wow, that was wonderful.  This is where television is relevant and educational. Neil degrasse Tyson is a great commentator and scientist.  I loved everything about the program, including the timetable.  It was interesting how the writers wove religion and science together in this episode, drawing on both sides of the coin. 

We need more programs like this. 

Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” was one of the most important books I read as an adult.  Even my 101 year old Aunt Jean asked for a copy for Xmas a few years ago.  She is crazy about anything ‘space’ and had autographed photos framed on her wall of all the astronauts.  I hope she saw this program last night.  She would have loved it.

Lady Nyo


Ode To A Cooper’s Hawk

Come to me.

Come to me,

Winged celestial beauty.

Come to me with your notched

Mermaid tail,

Your silken roll of feathers.

Fly down into my hollowed-out soul,

Fill me with your sun-warmed glory

Nestle in my arms

And bring the curve of the horizon

Embraced in your outstretched wings.


I need no white bearded prophet,

No mumbled prayer, no gospel song

No witchy woman, no charms or spells,

No hard church bench, no fast or

Festival to feel close to the Divine.



The glory of the universe,

Is embodied in your flight

As you tumble through heavens,

Ride the invisible thermals

Screech with joy at freedom

Fill your lungs with thin air

And play bumper car with an Eagle.


I, earthbound,

No hollowed bones to launch me,

Just tired soul to weigh down,

No soft plumage to feel the course

Of wind through glossy feathers

No hunting call to herald my presence.


Still my soul takes flight

The breeze lifts my spirit,

My eyes follow you,

And we will find that glory

Transcend a sullen earth,

Transcend a mean humanity

And soar together into that deep blue of the Cosmos.


Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2014

from “Pitcher of Moon








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2 Responses to “Ode To A Cooper’s Hawk”

  1. TR Says:

    I love the last verse. How we are all connected even beyond what is earth. Were you inspired to write this from the program? Or had you already written this?

    Amazed and inspired by your talent. xxTR


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Actually, I wrote it about a year ago..after an argument with a former friend who is Bahai. I can’t remember the argument, but now we are not friends anymore. It’s sad but this happens. Obviously for a reason.

    Ahhhh…poetry is easy, TR. Life is hard.

    Love, Jane


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