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Program for RJA 2015 Conference

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RJA 2015 Conference Update

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Hurt Hawks

I
The broken pillar of the wing jags from
    the clotted shoulder,
The wing trails like a banner in defeat,
No more to use the sky forever but live
    with famine
And pain a few days: cat nor coyote
Will shorten the week of waiting for death,
    there is game without talons.
He stands under the oak-bush and waits
The lame feet of salvation; at night he
    remembers freedom
And flies in a dream, the dawns ruin it.
He is strong and pain is worse to the strong,
    incapacity is worse.
The curs of the day come and torment him
At distance, no one but death the redeemer
    will humble that head,
The intrepid readiness, the terrible eyes.
The wild God of the world is sometimes merciful
    to those
That ask mercy, not often to the arrogant.
You do not know him, you communal people, or you
    have forgotten him;
Intemperate and savage, the hawk remembers him;
Beautiful and wild, the hawks, and men that are dying,
    remember him.
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