Written by Abby Ciona

When bald eagles love each other, they soar
high into the sky,
lock talons,
spiral and
down to the earth in
a dangerous dance of spinning feathers—
a cartwheeled courtship.

And I want you to know that because I
don’t want to fall in love,
a flurry of fleeting feathers,
yet dive—alone—
I want to fall
in a life of love
and dance
and die—
with you by my side.

Abby Ciona is a published author of stories, poetry, and essays. You can find her on social media at @abbyciona.