At The Dentist

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The Eagle

The frozen ground the bitter sky
hunger gnaws a hole
The icy winds slice the wings
of the powerful eagle
on his perch surveying.

His sharp claws
his telescoping eyes,
his noble beak
waiting, waiting,
on his perch,
that scrapes the sky.

in a catapult
off the angled peak.
wingspan opening,
covering the sun
He soars,
inflowing smooth,
so full of grace.

Riding the air currents
like a slippery
bareback stallion,
circling, looking waiting
he slides off an updraft
and folds
his majestic wings,
in a death-dive
not his own(of course)
but for his target far below.

* * * * * * *
The Rabbit

out and about,
against best instincts
leaving a warm,
safe burrow,
because he must be.
Little snow bunny
nose wiggling
in the drifts.
Hoping to find
anything to eat.

He investigates,
foraging in a
winter landscape.
His eyes see,
a tree
100 meters away.
the bark,
would be tasty,
maybe some twigs,
if he digs down.

It is folly,
to be so exposed.
Only starvation
could convince him,
he must try..
The nimble hop,
the fleet zig zag
of evasion,
brings him closer.
Memory puts the taste
of savory tree bark
inside his mouth,
and he forgets
for a second
to look up.

The sky turns dark,
a wind blows;
he feels fear
The sun
is blotted out;
his life
is on a string
that snaps in two
when giant talons
stand on him,
dead stop
in his rush.
Only one
will eat today.

*     *     *      *      *

My eyes fill with tears,
sitting in a dentist chair,
watching this scene
above my head,
unfold on a flat-screen TV.
I think to myself
so childishly,
I want you all to eat
but I want everyone to live”

Karima Hoisan
August 20, 2021
Costa Rica

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40 Responses to At The Dentist

  1. daleinnis says:


    Beautiful and profound.

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    • I know you knew this was coming..(it took a few days) but I am glad I wrote down my last thoughts when I got home.. Thank you so much, for being so receptive to my poetry. It’s one of my biggest gifts from you:)

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  2. This is so deep and so touching hon. You have my heart.
    Love and big hugs.

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    • Thank you so much dearest Gabriela..and to have captured your heart for a minute with my poem, is the greatest compliment you could give me. Love and hugs and always my deepest admiration for you as a great talent and as a beautiful soul..❤️🤗🦋🌟🌹

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  3. I particularly enjoyed The Rabbit!! 🙂

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  4. I really like that you show us both sides of the medal.
    And I love how you show it.
    But most of all, its an ironic, watching this scene sitting in a dentist chair.

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    • Aww Thank you Nat for visiting me today:) It was so ironic because much of the time I had my eyes closed. My dentist, has his TV above to entertain and distract patients..and always runs Animal Planet/Discovery Channel with no sound. so I would peek..close, peek close but when it was all over, that last line ran through my head….as soon as I got home..I wrote it down,,,and today…a poem was born out of an hour at the dentists…Ironic but true. Big hugs and blessings always ❤️🤗🙏🌟🦅🐇❣️

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  5. Jeff Flesch says:

    Wow! You had me on the edge of my seat. I didn’t see that coming at all. And, ah, yes, another of the paradoxes of life. To die is to have lived. Or, at least we hope so. Beautifully written, Karima. ❤️✨🙏🌺🤗

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    • Ohh that’s so cool, if I could put you on the edge of the seat:) Thank you Jeff, for your wonderful comment..and yes what you say is totally correct.. I guess somewhere I hope all birds and animal of prey will learn to go vegan haha I’m joking,, but I like everything to LIVE! Happy Weekend my friend…Have a wonderful one inshallah! ❤️🙏🤗❣️🕺🌟

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      • Jeff Flesch says:

        Ha! You did indeed. You’re most welcome, Karima. Always. Haha. Totally understand. Mmm. Me too. Happy weekend to you too, Karima, a wonderful one, inshallah! ❤️🙏🤗🌺✨💃

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  6. Ace says:

    Karima! This is so uniquely beautiful. I mean, what a beyond fantastic piece. I’m so speechless. Your poems just speak to me on a whole other level…you have a gift of shining your energy/authenticity so powerfully through your words. So crazy cool how a dentist visit inspired this piece, I love that!!! Great job you!!!!!!! 🤗🖤

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    • Awww Ace, what a wonderful thing to say…Really..I’m smiling, blushing, and shining🤗
      I was so captivated by the drama unfolding on the TV.. looking at it, instead of at the dentist (smiles) I was transported into this snowy scene of survival of the fittest..Truly on the way home, that last line was ringing in my head.. I really wanted everyone to win..and well..that can’t be. I wrote the line down on Wednesday just in case…and today, it became a poem. Habeebity, thank you so much for appreciating my rather off-center at times, brand of poetry…I love that you do!! It makes me feel free to take chances:) Blessings and Love..and I am about to watch your PART 3….can’t wait..🤗❤️🌟🌹🦋❣️

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      • Ace says:

        You are always welcome, my dear friend!!! It’s always an honor reading your work! That’s so neat, your creative process is so awesome to know! I love your unique work, it always stands out and sticks with me! Keep taking those chances, Karima!!! Always here to support you!! Oh yay, you’re so kind!!!!

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    • And I’m always here for you too, Beauty:)❣️

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  7. Fantastic imagery throughout. I can visualize the setting easily!

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  8. KK says:

    You’re right, Karima, an eagle has telescopic eyes and sharp claws. It reminds me of an inspiring rebirth story of an eagle, the longest living bird, as to how painfully it replaces its beak, talons and feathers to live for 30 years more. But I’m surprised how you linked it with the dentist, another painful experience. Your expression of emotion is awesome. You are really amazing, Karima. Loved this post 😊🤗💐💖🌷

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    • Hi Kaushal thanks so much for your comment. I divided the poem in 3 parts … The Eagle, The Rabbit, and my last commentary, which sums up my feelings of watching this drama of predator snd prey play out on a flatscreen tv that hangs on the ceiling of my dentist’s office. i was actually watching this Animal Planet show about Siberia, where food is scarce snd only the quick and smart survive. That was why I chose such an ironic title. It’s a true story turned into a poem 🙏❤️🦅🐇🌨

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  9. LiziRose says:

    WOW. I’m… speechless.♡


  10. That is a lovely compliment…I am honored you stopped by here🙏🌹


  11. Priti says:

    Excellent writing, you have expressed a good poem by seeing the animal planet from the dentist chair ! Very good 😊🍫❣️🌷💓

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  12. Diana says:

    This was so subtlety beautiful and profound in so many ways, dear Karima! How do you visualize such beauty!! Your words and heart are truly one in a million! I was mesmerized till the very end and was quite surprised how you managed to bring our such a lovely poem just by a visit to the dentist! Well done my dear! ❤️❤️🌻💐🤗🌹

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    • Awww thank you habeebity..I had no idea my trip to the dentist would produce a poem..but as you know, *smiles, poetry is everywhere. Honestly by the end of that segment, I was crying..had to hand -signal to the dentist that it was the TV above, not his work that was making the tears fall down my cheeks:) Thank much lovely Diana, for vibrating to my poetry.. you always get me and make me smile.. BIg hugs habeebity, Bless your poetic, generous soul !!🙏🤗❤️🌹🌟❣️🌕

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  13. Samreen Asad says:

    Oh habeebity, this is so beautiful. About how we all live and get the other one down to sustain, it’s the food chain, one preys the other. You look at the the life of one creature, pity them but hate them as they do something wrong to another. That’s how life is. You are such a talent UmJulian. Love you❤️❤️❤️🤗🤗🤗🤗

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    • Ahlan habeebity!! So wonderful to see your comment on my blog….I hope you are feeling better, Salaamtik! Yes this is Life and I do accept it of course…I too am a carnivore but much less than before..still I would be very much of a hypocrite to judge meat eating birds and animals of prey… Love you too dearest and miss reading you and reading your comments…You always inspire me so much…Thank you UmAnzar ( hugs for the little tornado:) and so glad to find your comment here. Hope you are back to all better and can chase tornado around the house and the park:) Love you habeebity…❤️🤗🌹🙏❣️🌟🌕


      • Samreen Asad says:

        Always my pleasure dearest.. You write sooo well, your thoughts everything, who would not appreciate it. Yes dear am much better than before but still not able to chase him 😅 hopefully will in sometime. Take care habeebity, lots of love and hugs ❤️❤️❤️🤗🤗🤗

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    • Inshallah you will be better every day habeebity. Much love and healing prayers for you. Big Hug for Anzar… Love you too my poetic sister🤗❤️🌹🙏❣️


  14. Hoyt says:

    Ruca…I always knew you to be one with birds, especially birds of prey. But this! You capture the movements of the eagle with exact precision! (Riding the air currents like a slippery bareback stallion) Then the prey… The whys and the wherefores of the bunny’s movements. Then the moment! These seconds that you have snared and put into words, leave me in awe! You always amaze me!

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    • Thank you Ruco… Yes, as I said at the end, I unrealistically don’t want anyone to die for others to live…but that is how it’s set up in the world of the predator. Of course you know my love of birds, those meat eating, high-flying ones especially. So glad you loved my description…You are my favorite Ruco:):)


  15. How precisely you’ve taken the photos to capture the exact movements. How well these moments have found expression through your words. excellent

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    • Thank you so much parneetsachdez for leaving this lovely comment on my poem. I am very happy and honored you stopped to visit my blog, and enjoyed this one. Your visit means a lot to me…thank you again🙏🌟❣️

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