J a m e s B r u s h
S o r r o w
Sorrow is common in urban and suburban
areas. I once saw sorrow sitting on my fence but
when I tried to take a picture, it flew into the trees.
Sorrow catches prey with its feet and repeatedly
squeezes, holding it away from its body until
it dies. It’s been seen drowning prey by holding
it underwater until it stops moving. Sorrow
resembles a sharp-shinned hawk and even
experienced observers find it difficult to distinguish
the two, but sorrow has bigger feet. Sorrow can live
twelve years in the wild. The oldest recorded
sorrow lived twenty years and four months.
“Sorrow” is a replacement poem using both original sentences and sentences based on the Wikipedia and All About Birds entries for the Cooper’s Hawk.