Flight of the Osprey / lelawattee manoo-rahming

The week before
My father-in-law grew
Cold hard as a statue then sprouted
White baptismal wings and flew
I saw an osprey
Soaring above the sea
Where my father-in-law fished
As a little boy
Heard it calling
To spirits caught in the currents
Between earth and sky
Guiding them home
Saw it fishing
For souls lost in the waves
Unable to leave this world
Giving them freedom of flight
And knew
That my father-in-law
Would fly
With the osprey

Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming was born in Trinidad in 1960. A mechanical/building services engineer and part-time college lecturer, she now lives in Nassau, Bahamas.