Birds of Prey

“Most people are on
the world, not in it”

Muir said that so long ago 
but he was wrong 

Most people are outside
the world, doubting they 
know how to be among it

Riding under a hawk’s wings
the air forgets 
what it means to be useless

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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