Aquila The mighty Eagle's droppings litter the papers of news, his sexual proclivities, exposed for all to see as he courts a male with no progeny. His head is dirty-white; his eyesight is diminished, his feathers, brown, tattered, dull, as parasites feed on his flesh but, still, he is his god. Gorged and drunk on river-water wine he teeters in a pine as mockingbirds entertain like minstrels, and an army of ravens creep ever closer to pierce Aquila, the fallen Eagle.
The first decan (0 degrees - 10) of the astrological sign Capricorn is Sagitta - a heavenly arrow speeding to its aim. The second decan (11-20) of Capricorn shows Aquila, the pierced and falling eagle. Its principal star is Al Tair, meaning the wounded. The dwarf planet Pluto, which according to astrology either destroys or transforms, will be transiting the second decan of Capricorn between 2014 and 2019. In my poem, the eagle is a symbol of the United States.
Rosalyn Becker (Ft. Myers, FL). I want my voice to be heard and I will not give up. I was educated at the University of Dayton and the Dayton Art Institute. I worked mostly for other people, like Bell Telephone and the Catholic Church. But I also started my own businesses--an art gallery and wholesale macrame business. I also designed, created and sold jewelry. I believe there is a spirit world, therefore, I believe in God in an abstract way. God is The Higher Power. I am author of Unveiling the Soul: Spirituality in the Dimension of Opposites.