Your Weekly Prompt – Soaring – March 22, 2022
Michael was lying on a gently sloping hillside in the meadow when he spied a beautiful eagle soaring on the thermals and thought to himself, “How I wish that I could do that.”.
Within moments of his admiring thoughts, the eagle swooped too close to a wind turbine. Thankfully, the bird wasn’t clobbered by the whirling monstrosity but the disturbance it created in the natural airflow caused him to plummet to the ground.
Michael raced to the structure to find the majestic bird dazed and incapable of flight. The eagle was vulnerable lying there among a scattering of bones from less fortunate birds. The frightened eagle floundered and tried to escape, as he would from any would-be predator, when Michael approached.
The young man took off his overshirt and spoke in reassuring low tones to the eagle until the large bird allowed him to gently wrap him in a calming cocoon. It soon became clear to the eagle that he was in no danger.
Michael sat with him once there seemed to be no life-threatening injuries that his new friend had incurred. He decided that the most important purpose, he now had, was to protect the vulnerable bird until he could find his bearings. If the great raptor did not recover in a while, Michael had decided to take him for medical care at a sanctuary.
Then… the compassionate young man talked to the bird… softly and evenly.
After about an hour, the eagle struggled to its feet and Michael removed his shirt. He tested his wings while keep an eye on the man. Then, as suddenly as he’d dropped, the raptor took off.
Michael waved to him as he lifted away from the deadly area and shouted (for the first time), “Good luck big guy!”
The eagle circled Michael. Then he flew off toward the horizon thinking, “How I wish I could do that.”