A window smash-
and a woodpigeon lies on the garden flags,
a female sparrowhawk flaps and lands,
yellow talons curling into a still-warm breast,
beak immediately tugging clumps of grey/white down.
Soft feathers roll in the quiet breeze,
spreading over the path, catching in plants.
Amber eyes alert.
Flesh is hooked up in strips,
bright red organs plucked through clavicles,
sinews stretched like elastic till they snap.
With much pulling and twisting
and clamping of claws,
a wing is finally wrenched off
and cast aside, so the hawk can resume
flaying and swallowing flushed meat.
When the carcass offers nothing more,
she spreads her wings,
desert the mangled bones and feathers -
she has survived another day.