Flight of the Eagle

Aquila flies over the desiccated veld, periodically checking on the hunters who march like ants across the dry savanna beneath his substantial eagle wings. Owab is the youngest of the band; it is to him that Aquila carries the mystical connection.

Now in early autumn, the earth still waits for the rains. The ground is dry and the game has scattered. They travel east to the purple mountains in search of the great beast who, with a nod of his gracious head, will call the storm clouds.

Over the parched soil
the eagle leads us onward
seeking the Rain Bull.


Photo by Nigel Whitehead, on-safari.co.za

Written in response to two challenges:

– Di of Pensitivity101‘s Wednesday’s Three Things Challenge – NOD, SUBSTANTANTIAL, PERIOD
– Denise Farley of GirlieOnTheEdge‘s Sunday’s Six Sentence Story Word Prompt – CONNECTION

I also set myself the additional challenges of confining my piece to 100 words exactly and writing  in the haibun form. Just for fun!

Pop over to the #SSS Link Up Party for more Six Sentence Stories
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69 thoughts on “Flight of the Eagle

  1. Great piece, Chris. Thanks for the intro to haibun. Until this post, I’d never heard of it before, and have now had a quick look into what it is. You’ve just helped me fulfill my “learn something new every day” thingy.

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  2. A still-life in words.
    The image (at the top of your Six) is perfect… grabs your attention and leaves you finding more and
    within.
    This Six is very much like that, in prose. The sense of action is subtle, the implications contained
    in each line more than enough to hold our attention.

    ….cool

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  3. Wonderful Six, Chris. A visual piece, there’s so much beauty in the implied starkness or perhaps it’s the beauty of the eagle’s quest. The image at the outset – the golden color with lighter shading – gives the illusion of high temperatures and makes it much easier to imagine the veld below.

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