April 04, 2016 at 11:54AM on Facebook

“The great taloned osprey
nests in Scotland.
Her nest’s the biggest
thing around, a spiked basket
with hungry ugly osprey offspring
in it. For months she sits on it.
He fishes, riding four-pound salmon
home like rockets. They get
all the way there before they die,
so muscular and brilliant
swimming through the sky.”

I’ve always loved the muscular music of this short poem—even more so after visiting the Loch Garten Osprey Centre in Scotland, which is where ospreys first reestablished themselves in the UK after decades of absence, and watching through a scope as they fed their young. #NationalPoetryMonth
Osprey by Kay Ryan | The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor