emanates from the old cathedral
unappreciated by the falcon and chicks
which have made their home
in a crevice on the ancient walls.
The magnificent falcon flies away,
swoops on a pigeon, unfortunate prey.
Its wing span is impressive,
face fierce with hooked nose,
talons yellow and ruthless
so there's no escape for the pigeon,
a terrible beauty in motion
bringing the feast back to the holy nest
as another hymn is sung with zest.