Challenger

A hawk circles
dives
scatters pigeons
like leaves before a gale.

The predator rises up
swoops down
perhaps stalking
or enjoying the fear
inspired by its talons, fierce.

Then a crow rises up
follows
mimics
the movements
till the predator
gives in and flies off
unsettled by an unlikely
single
challenger.

Poor pigeons!
they never realize
the power of numbers!

Sunil Sharma, a senior academic and author-freelance journalist from the suburban Mumbai, India. He has published 20 books so far, some solo and joint. He edits Setu: http://www.setumag.com/p/setu-home.html Read other articles by Sunil, or visit Sunil's website.