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Identicalby Ellen Hopkins
When I was invited to write a poem especially for my readers, one that related in some way to Identical, a number of ideas came to mind. I thought I might write from the father’s point of view, or maybe the mother's, or Ian's. The funny thing about poetry is, you can't force it. Often the best poems just seem to float into your head.
Now, as I write this, the word "float" floats into my head. For some reason, flight is one of my brain's most popular themes. Birds. Wings. Aeries. For Kaeleigh, flight would have to be something she thinks about, too. Not just winged flight, but escape. There is a scene in Identical where Raeanne is looking out the window and sees a condor. That scene kept coming to mind as I thought about this poem. I thought about raptors. Nests — aeries. Thought about building an aerie, branch-by-branch, then feathering it to cushion the eggs from sharp twigs. Turned out, I couldn't use a condor in the poem, because condors don't build aeries. They find small caves, and lay their eggs directly on the stone surface.
Eagles, however, build aeries. I've seen amazing bald eagle nests, especially in Alaska, where they're huge. Where I live, here in Northern Nevada, we do have bald eagles. But goldens are much more common. I've seen one close up, as I walked my dogs. The bird lifted into the air, with about a six foot wing span. I've seen another dive into the brush, emerge with a snake, then drop the reptile to stun it before claiming it for dinner. They are amazing, beautiful animals, deserving of respect and admiration.
Please enjoy "Aeries," written especially for you.
Small against the mountain,
The mist has lifted, revealing
Binoculars disclose the nest,
She watches the goldens' hushed
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