Doryn Herbst
The Kingfisher

A flash of blue and orange
in descent from high above.
A 30-miles-per-hour dive
head-first for the slaughter.

She, the ultimate stalker,
knows exactly what to do.
Wings spread out in combat,
eyes transfixed in lethal observation
of her unsuspecting prey.

She breaks through running waters,
no hesitation to reach her goal.

Rises from under with her coveted reward
flapping furiously against her beak.