Kazakh Eagle Hunters

In deep valleys

of wild Mongolia heartland,

weather hardened men

with their golden eagles

build powerful partnerships

 

The burkitshi,

men whose faces

etched with the harshness

of their bold barren landscape,

are trusted by their birds

 

In this vast, treeless region,

an unforgiving place,

eagle hunting is a lonely,

cold, old way of living

 

Men on horseback,

eagles held aloft,

march into bitter winter hunting

 

they seek high mountain ridges,

sit and wait,

sit and wait

Wind is the sole speaker,

It whistles its callous strain

 

Footsteps in the snow

tell of prey

Eagle poised

lifts a wing,

with one flap,

soars down bullet-like,

targets a fox

and pierces

 

The golden eagle speaks

of wind,

open spaces,

isolation and

the freedom

found at the edge

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