September 25, 2007

When Goshawks Are Outlawed . . .

. . . only outlaws will have goshawks, and Pluvialis is already turning into a Hereward the Wake of falconry.

It's been a while since I've gone hawking like this. I had forgotten the radical change in subjectivity. I had forgotten how the world simultaneously dissolves to nothing, yet is presented in a form so utterly real and tangible, it almost hurts.

(For the record, the UK has not outlawed goshawks. Yet.)

1 comment:

Matt Mullenix said...

A great quote and one of many. Helen gets everything right about falconry and about hawks in particular. She writes about the sport as it's experienced first-hand, not (as the rest of us do), as we would explain it. The difference is really startling.