New Poem: The Secret Poetry of Common Nighthawks / by Linda Eve Diamond


By Linda Eve Diamond


Common nighthawks are dark, a solitary breed at heart
vanishing with quiet ease into a complex patterns of leaves.
They rise to fly when called by half-lit skies
and the mood-rich music of rain.

To our eyes, a leaf blows upward and turns
without a breeze's blink into a bird—
as if one night upon a falling star  
the fallen leaf had made a secret wish.

Once their wings emerge, they fly, 
puff and strut, boom into a dive,
spend a flutter of time
among the others.

In flight they write light poems
about common nighthawk nature—
how they're not as common as you'd think
nor are they hawks.

"But names" the chirping poet sings with smiling eyes,
"Names are just another place to hide."

Poem and photo ©2015 Linda Eve Diamond

"The Secret Poetry of Common Nighthawks" was inspired by the common nighthawk above, hiding nearly unseen in the leaves. (Hint: Look for a red eye!) 

"Nighthawk nature" seems to inspire human nighthawks (and night owls, too) and our images of them. (I've heard that birds like to believe it was true nighthawks in diner parking lots who inspired Edward Hopper and Tom Waits for their "Nighthawks at the Diner" arts.) ;) 

To see and read about Edward Hopper's famous "Nighthawks at the Diner" painting at, click here (or click the image to your left to find it as a print).  To hear "Nighthawks at the Diner" by Tom Waits, visit the playlist on his Website here (or click the CD image to your right to find it on Amazon).