From the side hatch, across the river, I saw four walkers on the tow path opposite – Two couples and a dog- Standing still in distanced line their backs toward me, heads upturned... I could not see what they were looking at. Curious, I stepped outside onto the front deck of my narrow boat. Gazing skyward, instantly fixated, conjoined with them in silent awe. A kite, forked tail, red-brown 'gainst winter sky and sun. Scavenger of the air, soaring, spiralling, riding thermals wings outstretched. For a moment, my heart stopped, caught in breathless wonder. My spirits rose on borrowed wings... Flew free in cloudless skies. Nicola Tipton
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