Twilight Hunter

Twilight Hunter



Driving my truck down the road

We are both getting old

Breaking down and wearing out

But still get from here to there


The road is paved and numbered

It’s not traveled very much

Nothing like freeway speed

Where you have to get somewhere quick


The sun has almost set

I no longer need my shades

No more visors or sunglasses

No need to filter out the light


This is one of two times of day

When magick is most apparent

It is written and verified by feeling

Insights are stronger at the start and end


Predators are everywhere along this road

Most are hawks but there are also others

I’ll see well over a hundred or more

Before I reach my chosen destination


One half hour before sunrise

Also one half hour after sunset

Productive times to hunt and the law

For humans, not coyotes or owls


Your ancestors, theirs, and mine

Learned productive periods over time

We must have watched other and

Competed or cooperated or both


The sun has set, it’s getting dark

My fellow hunters have gone to sleep

My journey is close to its destination

It will start again tomorrow morning


Author: Walter Birdwell

Born in Missouri in 1942, Walter Birdwell graduated from the University of Missouri in 1964 with a BA in creative writing. Immediately enlisted in the US army to avoid the draft and was in the US army from 1964 to 1967. Married Yolanda Garza a month after discharge from the Army and have been married forty-five years. Walter is a progressive political activist and has been for about fifty years and a follower of Pagan religious tradition for about twenty years. Have previously published newspaper articles in The Southern Patriot and the New York City Guardian newspapers (both defunct progressive newspapers) in the 1970s and have recently published articles in The Missouri Chigger, an Ozark area magazine, and the Brownsville Herald. Enjoys writing, sculpture, hunting, fishing, hiking, birdwatching, reading, traveling, and all outdoor activities.


One Response to Twilight Hunters

  1. Eugene "Gene" Novogrodsky says:

    …like his style, tone, sense of the past as the present flows on ….

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