She came and left like the wind,
She would circle high, swoop and descend,
In a whirlwind she would appear,
She could be far, yet in an instant, near.
Under sunny skies, she sat on eggs,
Under mist and fog, those were her days,
She never wavered, twenty-eight years,
Now that she’s gone, we give way to tears.
For she was mighty, the Queen, regal,
Our beloved Wray, the Catalina eagle,
She was in a class by herself, world-renowned,
Never could a replacement for her be found.
She had dalliances with three formidable mates,
Steadfast and true, but with unfortunate fates.
They produced and cared for their tiny eaglets,
Never a falter, a life lived without regrets.
Because of Wray, the eagle population grew,
Her courage and bravery, we all knew was true,
Atop Catalina, she soared over boats that would roam,
From this protected island that she called home.
And now she has flown up and away,
Oh! How we wish she were here on this day,
Upon her nest on the West End peak,
Feeding her brood tenderly with her beak.
Those piercing eyes, white head and tail,
That exceptional mother that would not fail,
Her pinions protected, her call was strong,
They fledged on Wray’s Rock, so as to belong.
The skies fill with offspring,from the sea, they fish,
Life goes on in the West End nest, Nature can’t resist,
Somewhere out there beyond the great unknown,
The genes of Wray’s legacy will find a new home.
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In 2010, I suffered a traumatic brain injury and other injuries when hit by an under insured driver. It changed my life. I now live with Dystonia, a rare and painful neurologal disorder that causes involuntary muscle spasms and abnormal posturing. There is no treatment or cure. The best one can do is treat the symptoms. You can learn more at DMRF.org.
I try to write about people and things that help and inspire my readers. You can find more of my story by going to helphopelive.org. I am also on Facebook, where I have five pages, Pain Brain -Anti- Inflammatory Foods, Brain Tears, The Positive Posters Page, Traumatic Brain Injury Resources Page, Janice Tindle- Writer. I am also on Twitter and LinkedIn. Simply Google my name and my published articles should appear. I've been published in Fearless Caregiver, Today's Caregiver, TBI Hope and Inspiration Magazine, The Mighty.com, and several other publications.
I am currently a caregiver for my dear mother. My hope is to someday finish my books, "Get Back Up!" and "Galicia's Granite" during my mother's lifetime.
Your interest in my care, recovery and writing is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Comments are welcome.