Loggerhead Shrike -- Lanius ludovicianus...
on the morning hunt in Hendry County FL...
let's stick this here a moment...
...cue "Awaking" by George Santayana:
'I have lived as in a slumber,
I have moved as in a sleep,
Among ghosts I could not number,
Between walls I could not leap.
Lifted arms could never smite me,
Joy itself could not delight me,
Tears I had, but could not weep.
For mine empty heart was scorning
What my full heart would have said,
And I dressed the world in mourning
Though I had no dear one dead.
(pause to cough up pellet)
Losing all, I did not feel it,
Saw the wound, nor cared to heal it,
For my bosom never bled.
Through my soul, its slumber broken,
Then the light of nature streamed,
All the sense of what was spoken,
All the being of what seemed:
And I heard the heart’s sweet singing
And the shout of battle ringing,
And I lived what I had dreamed.' ~ "Awaking" by George Santayana, 1886.